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Brain injuries can be severe and life-altering, sometimes leading to permanent disability, pain, or other symptoms. The effects of a brain injury can range from mild cognitive impairment to a coma or even death. Some patients also experience other neurological or physical issues.
We tend to think of brain injuries as being caused by a trauma like a car accident, a fall, or a blow to the head, and these are common causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI). But brain injuries can also occur due to medical malpractice when the patient is being treated by a healthcare provider.
Malpractice cases can be complex, so if you believe your brain injury was caused by a doctor’s mistake, you need the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Please contact Goldblatt + Singer, the St. Louis Injury Law Firm, for a free case review to learn your options.
Brain injuries due to medical malpractice are most commonly caused by hypoxia (reduced oxygen to the brain) or anoxia (a complete lack of oxygen to the brain). They may also happen due to bacterial infections that spread to the brain. Here are some common situations that may lead to a brain injury in a hospital:
Sometimes people who get help from physical or occupational therapists after a brain injury can recover some of the lost functions. But in other cases, there is simply too much irreversible damage to the brain, and the patient is left with a permanent impairment.
Missouri law defines several categories of catastrophic injuries, including one for brain injuries. A brain injury is considered catastrophic if it causes cognitive difficulties that lead to a permanent inability to make decisions or perform daily activities like eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, transferring, or walking. If you believe medical malpractice led to this kind of brain injury for you or a loved one, please contact Goldblatt + Singer, the St. Louis Injury Law Firm, for a free consultation to learn your options.
If there is evidence that medical malpractice caused your brain injury, your lawyer will help you determine your damages. These may include:
In most situations, you only have two years to file a medical malpractice suit, except for wrongful death claims. However, you may have even less time than that. If your spouse or a family member has suffered a brain injury that leaves them unable to make decisions, someone will need to be appointed to make legal and financial decisions on their behalf. This process can take time, so you should speak with a lawyer immediately if you haven’t already started it.
Dealing with a brain injury due to medical malpractice can be scary. You or your loved one may be unable to do previously simple activities. You may wonder if you’ll ever feel like yourself again, or worry about how you’ll pay your bills if you can’t work. Worse, you may be struggling to afford therapy or other necessary care, especially if your hospital stay exhausted your health insurance coverage for the year.
At Goldblatt + Singer, we know what a confusing and frightening experience a brain injury can be, and we want to do everything we can to take the stress off you and your family. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve, so you can focus on adapting to your injuries without worrying about how you will pay rent or put food on the table.
If you or a loved one have sustained a severe brain injury, please contact our legal team, and we’ll answer your questions during a free case evaluation. Call us at (314) 888-1000 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.