Brain and Head Injuries
Have you been the victim of medical negligence in the diagnosis of your brain or head injury? Claims National is a medical negligence specialist who can provide you with help and advice in relation to making a compensation claim.
Some of the most devastating medical negligence cases are to do with head and brain injuries. Failure of A&E to follow up any head injuries can cause brain damage or, in some unfortunate cases, death. Damage can be caused by delay in diagnoses and treatment or through sub-standard surgery.
Concussions are the most common type of head injury following direct trauma. The symptoms’ can sometimes be mistaken for drunkenness because it can involve confusion, drowsiness, vomiting, amnesia and headache.
Straight forward head injury is common in A&E departments and it is crucial for the A & E doctor to identify, monitor and then refer the more serious cases for treatment.
Head injuries can vary immensely in severity from bruising to the skin and minor lacerations to concussion, a fractured skull or brain injury however; even minor head injuries can cause irritating and disabling long term effects such as headaches dizziness and problems with your vision, with more severe head injuries causing permanent disability and in some cases even death.
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The main causes of brain and head injuries resulting from medical negligence include:
- Birth Asphyxiation
- Negligent surgery
- Misdiagnosis or delayed treatment of a medical condition
- Overdose of medication
Birth asphyxiation can cover when a baby experiences a lack of oxygen during birth which can result in cerebral palsy. The term cerebral palsy does not indicate a specific illness, but is actually a general term for a persistent, evolving disorder of movement, motor function and a non progressive brain abnormality. Cerebral palsy can affect children in many ways causing them difficulties in walking, writing, eating, talking and dressing. This can make sufferers of cerebral palsy unsociable and isolated, as it is difficult for them to communicate with other people. Cerebral palsy can also lead to difficulties in learning, and therefore jeopardises their education.
Before undergoing surgery, the patient must be warned clearly about the dangers of the operation and the implications it may cause. Especially when the brain or head is being operated on, there is a generic risk of damage being caused to the brain. However, with the advances in science and medical equipment of today’s world, this is becoming increasingly unlikely. Furthermore, what ever part of your body is being operated on, there is again a risk of obtaining brain damage, which is caused if the patient receives an insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain.
GP’s and hospital specialists are obliged to act as quickly as possible, especially in the cases of head and brain injuries due to the possible implications these injuries can have on your health. Medical professionals should also handle head and brain injuries with extra care and concentration as a misdiagnosis of a brain injury such as a brain tumour can or epilepsy can cause permanent brain damage, possibly resulting in death.
Also, prescribing too high doses of medications can cause swelling to the brain, which may lead to permanent brain damage.