Brain Injury Lawyer
The cells in the brain are very sensitive to oxygen deprivation. In just a few minutes, brain cells can die if deprived of a constant flow of oxygen. When a medical procedure cuts off oxygen to the brain, it can cause a serious brain injury with long-term effects for the patient. When a medical professional or facility allows a brain injury to occur through negligence, in can be a case of medical malpractice.
There are many situations in a medical setting where a patient should be monitored for oxygen levels in the brain. It is common medical knowledge that oxygen deprivation can cause serious brain injuries or even death to the patient. Despite these facts, there are many patients that can suffer an unneeded brain injury while under medical care. Some common causes of negligent brain injuries include:
- Surgical errors
- Negligence in monitoring the fetus for distress during childbirth
- Medication errors
- Pressure on the trachea
- Not monitoring or treating severe low blood pressure
- Errors using general anesthesia
When a patient’s brain is partially deprived of oxygen (hypoxic) or completely without oxygen (anoxic) injury can occur. The longer the deprivation, the more cells that can be affected with a higher risk of long-term symptoms and disabilities stemming from a brain injury.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can occur from a lack of oxygen due to medical errors. Some symptoms are minor, while others can cause serious disabilities. Some of the symptoms from a TBI from lack of oxygen include:
- Memory loss
- Changes in vision
- Balance and coordination problems
- Weakness in the limbs
- Speech impairments
- Muscle movement problems
Often, the victim or their family are not aware that the medical error occurred that caused oxygen deprivation. They may notice changes in the patient and symptoms, but not know what is causing the dysfunction. It is only when a brain injury is diagnosed that the possibility of medical malpractice is explored.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury that you believe was caused by medical error or negligence, contact our team at Moriarty Injury Lawyer today. We will be honored to discuss your case with you during a free consultation. You or your loved one may be eligible to pursue compensation for your medical malpractice brain injury.