A brain injury resulting from medical malpractice can be catastrophic and devastating to the victim and their family. Often the effects will last a lifetime and cause a need for long-term care and a substantial financial investment. This is a burden for the many families of brain injury victims. Our attorneys at Corsiglia, McMahon, & Allard, L.L.P. are dedicated to recovering significant compensation for the families of brain injury victims.
Contact our brain injuries attorneys for more information about your claim and every source of recovery. We aggressively pursue your claim to ensure that your family recovers the settlement or verdict you deserve.Brain Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
In medical malpractice cases, brain injuries can be particularly devastating because they often could have been prevented. Our law firm handles cases ranging from medical injuries caused by lack of oxygen before birth to negligence in anesthesia. Some brain injuries at the hands of medical professionals result where there is a failure to diagnose a tumor or treat a brain aneurysm.
Regardless of your injury, our San Jose, California medical malpractice attorneys provide the legal service you need to help you recover compensation. We provide support for families and victims of all types of brain injuries, including:
- Closed head injuries
- Hypoxia or anoxia
- Surgical or anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, and misdiagnosis
- Birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Nursing home negligence and abuse
- Wrongful death
- Negligence by Kaiser Permanente
Brain injuries are a serious problem in the United States. Head injury statistics show that two million people suffer from a brain injury each year. Of these, 56,000 brain injuries end in fatalities and another approximately 99,000 people with brain damage are forced to live with a long-term disability.
There are two main types of brain injuries: traumatic and acquired. Traumatic head injuries generally occur when there is a force that causes the brain to impact with the skull. This is typically associated with the back and forth motion caused by a car accident or concussive sports injury. However, it can also result from cases such as nursing home negligence or birth injuries to a baby.
Acquired brain injuries are not from force but instead result from problems such as diseases, stroke, lack of oxygen, surgical complications, or medication overdose. These types of serious head injuries often involve the following:
- Hematoma (clotting)
- Contusion (bruising)
- Hemorrhage (internal bleeding)
- Edema (swelling)
- Skull fracture
- Diffuse axonal injury (brain cell damage or tearing)
- Hypoxia (oxygen deprivation)
- Stroke resulting from surgery or other medical injuries
- Post-surgery infections
A typical brain injury can cause a diminished or altered state of consciousness and can impair the victim’s ability to perform physical or cognitive tasks. Many family members of people with brain injuries will often say that their loved one “just isn’t the same.” Patients may show a variety of symptoms of serious brain injury, such as:
- Unconsciousness or coma
- Mood changes, confusion, or memory loss
- Weakness, numbness, or problems with balance
- Persistent worsening headache
- Vomiting or nausea
- Dilated pupils, abnormal eye movement, or inability to focus
- Clear drainage from nose or ears
- Changes in children’s habits, such as eating, sleeping, irritability, or inconsolable crying
When symptoms occur after medical treatment, it can be a confusing time for the patient and their family. It is not always immediately clear whether symptoms were caused by a doctor’s negligence. Our medical malpractice lawyers guide you through this difficult time, providing the knowledge and experience you need to understand your rights after a medical injury. Our clients include the families of newborns who must endure the lifelong consequences of medical negligence as well as adult victims who suffered during a medical procedure.Failure to Diagnose Medical Problems Can Lead to Brain Injury
Clearly, doctor negligence can lead to serious brain injuries, including injuries directly to the brain or as a secondary injury. What people do not always realize is that a doctor’s failure to act may also be responsible for a brain injury. In fact, failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis are the most common reasons for medical malpractice claims, according to studies. For example, a doctor’s negligent failure to diagnose and promptly treat a brain tumor, aneurysm, or stroke may result in significant brain damage or death. Negligent failure to diagnose problems during pregnancy or delivery, such as a wrapped umbilical cord, may also cause catastrophic brain injuries to an infant.
Unfortunately, your doctor’s failure to diagnose a harmful condition is not always grounds for a claim of medical negligence. A doctor or other medical professional’s treatment – or failure to treat – must have fallen below the proper standard of care. Our knowledgeable medical negligence attorney can analyze your case and help you understand your options.Brain Injuries Caused by Oxygen Deprivation
Hypoxic-ischemic brain injuries, including hypoxia, anoxia, and hypoxic-ischemic injury, occur when the brain is deprived of blood or oxygen supply. Hypoxia can occur when any part of the body which helps to supply blood or oxygen to the brain is injured. For example, if an anesthesiologist fails to monitor a patient after general anesthesia or a surgeon fails to address hemorrhaging during or after surgery, a patient’s blood pressure could drop too low and cause hypoxia and brain damage. Medication errors and overdose may also cause difficulty breathing and hypoxic brain injury. A doctor’s failure to treat stroke, heart attack, or serious arrhythmias may also lead to oxygen deprivation and result in brain injury. Infants are particularly sensitive to decreases in oxygen and blood supply and must be closely monitored throughout pregnancy and delivery.
In the most severe hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries, the consequences may be devastating, such as seizures, coma, or death. However, recovery depends upon the area of the brain and the degree in which it was injured. Many mild cases may result in a full recovery with proper treatment.
Our award-winning medical malpractice attorney has experience helping families and victims suffering from a range of brain injury types and severity. We understand the medical information needed to build a strong case for significant financial recovery. Working with experts, such as doctors, physical therapists, and vocational experts, we help you understand the immediate and long term costs of treating and living with a serious brain injury, such as medical treatment, ongoing therapies, long term care, transitional living, and loss of current and future wages.Contact an Experienced San Jose Attorney Who Cares About Your Recovery
At Corsiglia, McMahon, & Allard, L.L.P., we have assisted countless brain injury victims and their families and have been successful in pursuing actions against negligent medical professionals. If you believe that your loved one has suffered from a brain injury inflicted by medical negligence, do not wait to contact us. We provide experienced legal advocacy geared to maximize the opportunity for a successful settlement or verdict in your case. Call us at (408) 289-1417 or contact us online to set up a complimentary consultation. We serve clients in San Jose, Santa Clara County, and the San Francisco Bay Area including Monterey and the surrounding areas.