The effects of a brain injury can vary from headaches and personality disorders up to complete loss of function. The struggle and sacrifices made by the victims and their families can be enormous. If a member of your family has suffered a brain injury you will be aware of the devastation this can cause. Some people do make a recovery whereas others can take years or never recover from the consequences.
Brain injuries can occur for a variety of reasons:
- Brain tumours
- Vascular causes like strokes or bleeds into the brain
- Metabolic causes like a lack of oxygen to the brain or low blood pressure
- Infections such as meningitis
Brain Injuries as a result of Medical Negligence
However sometimes they are as a result of a medical negligence and if that is the case you can issue proceedings to compensate you for the injury caused.
- Inadequate, or inappropriate treatment or a mistake in the treatment of the underlying cause of the illness
- Inadequate or inappropriate treatment of the underlying condition like an infection
- Surgical errors
- Delays in diagnosis and or treatment
- Prescription errors
Consequences of a Brain Injury
The effects of a brain injury depend on the nature of the underlying cause of the injury. For example a lack of oxygen to the brain can lead to subtle injury like memory loss all the way up to a persistent vegetative state, a delay in diagnosis of a condition like hydrocephalus, a raise in intracranial pressure, sometimes known as water on the brain can lead to eyesight problems due to damage to the nerves in the eye, to personality changes.
What should you do?
In order to be successful, you have to prove that the person you are making a claim against owed the injured person a duty of care and that they were in breach of that so that the care received fell below the standard that could reasonably be expected from an equally qualified specialist in the field and also that that lack of care directly led to the injury which was reasonably foreseeable consequence of the actions or omissions of the treating physician.
If you feel that the results of a particular surgical procedure or action or omission on the part of a hospital or GP has led to a brain injury in a loved one then you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation.
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