Types of Brain Injuries
Each year millions of Americans are the victim of a brain injury. This can range from a mild condition in which the person has a good chance of fully recovering. Those who suffer a moderate injury may be left permanently disabled. A severe brain injury occurs when there is a prolonged state of unconsciousness or the person lapses into a coma that could last for days, weeks or even months. In some cases, the individual may be pronounced brain dead when doctors determine that there are no signs of the brain functioning anymore. There are several ways physicians treat injured patients with severe brain trauma. This might include administering medications to decrease brain swelling and prevent seizures.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, a traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of disability or death among adolescents and young children. While some brain injuries can be the result of an accident, patients can become injured when a doctor makes a mistake. In some cases, the patient may be the victim of a botched surgical procedure or a serious infection left untreated.
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury due to negligence, contact our experienced San Antonio TX brain injury lawyers for legal help today.
Acquired Brain Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury
There are two main types of brain injuries, which include an acquired brain injury (ABI) and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). An ABI is defined as an injury to the brain, which occurs after birth. There are several different factors that can cause an ABI, and these include the following:
• Anoxic injury resulting from a prolonged lack of oxygen
• Hypoxia due to a decrease in oxygen flow
• Seizure disorders including epilepsy
• Brain tumors
• Restricted blood flow
• Encephalitis, meningitis or other infections
• Exposure to toxic drugs or chemicals
• Hydrocephalus (when fluid accumulates in the brain)
A TBI is often caused by an external force when someone receives a blow to the head. However, this type of injury can also be caused by mistakes made by medical professionals when treating or failing to treat a patient. Brain injuries resulting from medical malpractice can have devastating effects and often leave the victim requiring medical care for the rest of their life. This places both an emotional and financial burden on the family members of the injured victim.
Pursuing a Claim of Medical Negligence
All medical professionals own their patient’s duty of care and when they fail to perform to the standard of care required, they can be held liable for medical malpractice. The injured patient can choose to file litigation against a doctor when they deviate from the standards set by other professionals in their field of medicine. Anesthesiologists are tasked with administering the proper amount of medication to the patient during surgery. When they fail to properly monitor the condition of the patient, he or she could suffer a brain injury as a result. Victims of medical malpractice must file a claim within two years of becoming injured. Therefore, it is important to contact a San Antonio brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Why You Need an Attorney
The San Antonio lawyers in Texas have the experience to represent clients who have suffered a serious brain injury. Please call us immediately so that we can examine the facts of your case.