Nearly two million people suffer from traumatic bring injuries every year. The majority of these injuries are caused by assaults, falls, violent encounters, sports related injuries, and automobile accidents. However, some of these brain injuries are caused by medical malpractice. Physicians, surgeons, nurses or other medical professionals who act carelessly or recklessly could be liable for medical malpractice. People who suffer brain injuries resulting from medical malpractice deserve prompt and immediate legal recourse.
When a medical professional deviates from a reasonable standard of care, medical malpractice occurs. Should a patient be injured, then the medical professional could be liable for the damages suffered by the patient.
There are several types of medical errors that can cause traumatic brain injuries. Such injuries include:
- Anesthesia error
- Failure to diagnose or incorrect diagnosis of an aneurysm or stroke
- Failure to diagnose a brain tumor
- Infection caused during a surgery
- Medication errors
- Mismanagement at the time of labor and delivery resulting in birth injuries
- Surgical errors during brain tumor procedures
Damages in medical malpractice cases involving traumatic brain injuries include current and future expenses and losses. In cases where the injury is very severe, the patient could be looking at weeks, months, to years and possibly even a lifetime of medical care and treatment.
Patients can also recover damages for doctor and/or hospital costs, rehabilitation, physical therapy, loss of earnings, earning potential if the victim is not able to return to work, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. If the victim’s injuries are serious enough, then they could be able to obtain higher amounts of compensation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of medical malpractice you should contact an experienced Kingston, New York medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case and help you determine whether you are entitled to damages.
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