Brain injuries have long lasting consequences on the victims’ quality of life, regardless of whether the injuries are temporary or permanent. Any injury to the brain requires extensive treatment and rehabilitative therapy to overcome and when the injury is a result of medical care that was meant to improve the patient’s life, it is not unreasonable to expect that the physician responsible for the injuries is held accountable. The Chicago Injury Center is committed to ensuring that those who are affected by brain injuries due to negligence or medical malpractice have someone by their side to defend their interests and help them move forward with their lives.
Causes of Brain Injuries
During medical procedures, it is extremely important that staff members monitor the patient’s vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen level as oxygen deprivation is a common cause of serious brain injury while patients are under anesthesia. When caring for a mother who is giving birth, it is important to also monitor these vital signs in the child, as there are many possible causes of fetal distress that can result in serious injury to the child’s brain if unaddressed in a prompt manner. Common causes of brain injuries during medical procedures include the following.
- Improper administration of anesthetic drugs or incorrect dosage.
- Pressure on the arteries feeding the brain during procedures that require the patient to be placed on his or her stomach.
- Injuries to children during birth due to the improper use of traction devices.
- Complications at birth that cause asphyxiation or low oxygen levels to the child’s brain.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are numerous forms of brain injuries that may result from the improper use of medication, lack of oxygen or trauma to the head. The most common of these injuries include the following.
- Impaired motor function or diminished mental capacity, difficulty concentrating and speaking or memory loss.
- Cerebral palsy, which often results from birth injuries or when elevated bilirubin levels go unchecked following delivery.
- Vision or hearing loss.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to a medical procedure, it is important to retain any records that exist about the details of the procedure in order to determine whether medical malpractice may have caused or contributed to the injuries. The medical malpractice lawyers at the Chicago Injury Center would be happy to acquire and review these medical records on your behalf free of charge in order to determine whether you have a case and how best to proceed with litigation.
Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our attorneys located throughout the state of Illinois. We will evaluate the details of your case and answer any questions that you have about your rights and legal options. Before proceeding with litigation, we will make sure that you know exactly what to expect going forward and each step that we will take to ensure you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.