Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Many Brain Injuries Are the Result of Healthcare Provider NegligenceDecember 16, 2014
Brain injuries range from mild, creating a brief disturbance in consciousness or mental status, to severe, resulting in an extended period of unconsciousness or permanent injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries are reported in the United States each year.
In many cases, traumatic brain injury results from a severe bump or blow to the head during a fall, sports activity, motor vehicle collision or other accident, or violent encounter. In some instances, however, a brain injury results from negligence on the part of a healthcare provider.
A wide variety of medical errors can cause traumatic brain injury. The most common mistakes in a healthcare setting include the following:
- Surgical errors during brain tumor removal or other brain surgery
- Medication errors, including inaccurate prescriptions and overdose
- Infection caused during surgery because of lack of attention
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a stroke or aneurysm, leading to inadequate treatment
- Child delivery mistakes resulting in birth injuries to infants and/or mothers
To prove that a brain injury was the result of medical malpractice, the patient must be able to demonstrate that the doctor was negligent, that the negligence caused the injury, and that the injury caused specific damages. These claims are often very complex, requiring an in-depth knowledge of both medical and legal issues.