When you or a loved one suffers a brain injury during medical treatment or surgery, the positive change that you were hoping for may have instead resulted in an even worse condition. Medical mistakes leading to insufficient blood or oxygen to the brain can result in the death of brain cells which, unlike most other cells in the body, don’t regenerate. Such incidents can lead to permanent, serious disabilities – and even death. If a loved one has suffered brain damage because of the medical negligence of another, the distinguished medical malpractice attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna can help.
There are a few common brain injuries that can result from negligence on the part of the medical team. Anoxia is when the oxygen supply to the brain has been cut off, even if the patient has an adequate blood supply. Hypoxia occurs when the oxygen supply to the brain has been reduced to the point where brain cells are damaged or die off. Without adequate oxygen a biochemical reaction known as “ischemic cascade” occurs and brain cells can die within several minutes. Ischemia is caused when there is an Inadequate blood supply (which carries oxygen) to the brain. Let a knowledgeable Connecticut brain damage lawyer at Berkowitz Hanna answer all your questions.
Brain injuries during surgery could occur because the supply of blood and/or oxygen to the brain is reduced or stopped entirely due to a heart attack, stroke, problems with anesthesia, or other complications with medications. For example, when taken in excess, some medications can cause the brain to swell, possibly resulting in lifelong disabilities. Additionally, a blood clot formed elsewhere in the body due to an injury or during the course of a surgical procedure could travel to the brain, blocking blood supply and causing a stroke. However, these injuries are not always caused by – or solely by – a complication, but by the failure of the medical staff to respond quickly to urgent health conditions requiring immediate attention. The brain is an immensely complex organ and its cell do not regenerate, making response time a vital factor in a patient’s well-being.
There are other ways in which a medical staff could cause or make worse a brain injury. A major cause of brain injuries due to medical negligence involves anesthesia complications during surgery. An anesthesiologist is a physician specializing in the use of drugs to control pain and induce a painless, sleep-like state in order for the surgery to take place. There are many vital aspects of the proper administration of anesthesia for which the anesthesiologist is responsible:
If the anesthesiologist makes a mistake or oversight in any of these steps, it could lead to severe injury, and a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Two key factors determining how the patient will be affected by the brain injury is the extent and location of the damage. Though it’s common, a brain injury does not necessarily result in a long-term or permanent disability. The correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment are necessary to limit or minimize the harm.
A neurological exam, neuroimaging testing such as MRI or CT scans, and neuropsychological assessments can help determine the extent and impact of the brain damage. The patient’s condition could be stabilized to prevent further injury by making sure sufficient blood and oxygen are reaching the brain and by controlling blood pressure.
Medications that could be used to limit additional damage to the brain after an injury may include:
Depending on the severity of the brain injury, recovery can include extensive, specialized medical treatment and rehabilitation – the cost of which can be in the millions of dollars. If you or a loved one has suffered brain damage due to the negligence of a health care provider, speak with a skilled Connecticut brain damage attorney at Berkowitz Hanna today so we can discuss the case.