Brain injury is the result of a congenital or acquired traumatic
injury that impairs the functioning of the brain. Brain injury can
be present at birth or the result of a birthing accident. Brain
injury may be the result of an accident during the course of one's
life. Brain injury severity can depend on the extent of trauma and
the quality of medical care that the brain injury victim receives.
In some cases brain injury is caused or compounded by medical
Cerebral palsy is a brain injury that an infant can have at birth or
suffer during the birthing process. In-utero or newborn stroke,
anoxia (lack of oxygen for an extended period of time), difficult
labor, umbilical cord problems, forceps delivery, pre- or post-
mature delivery can cause brain injury to the new born. Medical
malpractice may be at fault in brain injury cerebral palsy
conditions if a doctor failed to act in accordance with proper
birthing technique protocol or committed some other act of
negligence that resulted in newborn brain injury.
Acquired brain injury can happen in a variety of circumstances.
Approximately half of all traumatic brain injury cases are a result
of automobile accidents. Other causes of traumatic brain injury can
include sporting accidents and slips and falls. Young people and the
elderly population are most likely to sustain these types of brain
injury. The severity of these types of brain injury can depend on a
number of factors such as length of unconsciousness, amnesia,
altered mental states, and the neurological deficits sustained.
With advances in emergency response treatment and medical techniques
to treat brain injury, victims have a greater chance of
rehabilitation. Immediate brain injury medical care is crucial to
the outcome of a brain injury. Anoxia, or lack of oxygen to the
brain, must be monitored for and quickly addressed; otherwise the
severity of brain injury can increase remarkably. Swelling and
bleeding in the brain can compound brain injury and must also be
treated immediately. Secondary brain injury such as seizures, edema,
and hematomas also need to be watched for and treated. Early
intervention and proper health care attention is crucial to brain
injury victim survival.
If brain injury is not properly treated by professional medical
staff it can lead to more serious injuries. Medical malpractice may
be the cause of further brain injury if medical professionals fail
to act immediately and appropriately in brain injury cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of
medical malpractice, you may wish to consult a medical malpractice
attorney who can determine if you are eligible to file a claim and
seek compensation for your injuries. To learn more about brain
injury cases, please contact us to confer with an attorney.
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