Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be malpractice, when the cause is the negligence or malpractice of a healthcare professional. When doctors or surgeons mess up and cause permanent brain damage, a malpractice case may be in order.
Most often, when we think of brain injury, we think of the type that result from sports injuries or car collisions. While a direct blow to the head, blunt force trauma or a slip and fall are most common causes, sometimes these injuries are caused by medical malpractice or a doctor’s negligence.
Closed Head Injury
If the space inside the skull is compromised by swelling, a tumor or a brain bleed and it is not diagnosed properly or timely, the effects can be devastating life-changing injuries.
In a healthcare setting, brain damage can be caused by a number of medical mistakes:
- failure to diagnose disease, such as cancer,
- failure to diagnose an intracranial bleed,
- failure to diagnose or treat a stroke,
- an undiagnosed (even benign) brain tumor,
- uncontrolled brain swelling (encephalitis),
- calcification of an untreated brain bleed,
- a subdural or epidural hematoma.
These types of injuries can affect every aspect of a life. Documenting the injury, calculating costs and proving the cause can be extremely difficult. This is why it is so important to consult with an experienced medical lawyer who deals with injury cases.
Open Head Injury
An open head injury is commonly the result of a fracture or a foreign object, more often negligence than malpractice. A cracked skull from a hospital fall can result in neurological symptoms that are debilitating. Sinus infections left untreated can causes a fracture of the facial bones, causing serious brain damage.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, it’s vital to seek a law firm with significant experience in medical cases to protect your rights and pursue rightful compensation. Contact us today to have a free case evaluation.