Easton Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are common throughout Easton, as well as the rest of the United States. According a data-trend study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as of 2010 there were 823.7 hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths per 100,000 people.
Generally speaking, the majority of traumatic brain injuries occur due to accidents, such as slip-and-fall incidents and motor vehicle collisions. It’s important to note, however, that medical negligence can lead to traumatic brain injuries, too. If you’re being transported out of an ambulance and into an emergency department, for example, and healthcare workers carelessly handle the stretcher, you might fall and hit your head on the pavement, resulting in traumatic brain injury.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in the context of healthcare, Pennsylvania law may entitle you to recover damages as compensation. For a free and thorough assessment of your claims, call (888) 777-7098 to connect with an Easton traumatic brain injury attorney here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Medical Negligence
Traumatic brain injuries in the healthcare context are commonly caused by the following:
Hypoxia and Treatment Errors
Cerebral hypoxia is one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury. When the brain is starved of oxygen, every second that passes is precious. The difference between five minutes of oxygen deprivation and two minutes of oxygen deprivation is neurologically significant, and can be the difference between irreversible injury and a serious injury that is potentially treatable.
Anesthesia-related errors during surgical intervention can lead to hypoxia. When this occurs, the treating healthcare professionals must act quickly with barbiturates and/or other medications to slow down brain activity and reduce inflammation and thereby minimize damage.
Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis can lead to traumatic brain injuries in many situations. For example, if a physician in Easton fails to identify a concussion, the patient could be exposed to a serious risk of additional injury (or even death). Infections must be identified in a timely manner, too. Failure to diagnose an infection at an early stage could result in a brain infection that causes injury.
Mistakes in the operating room can quickly lead to traumatic brain injury. For example, if a surgeon is performing brain surgery on a patient, then significant distraction, fatigue, intoxication, or other negligence can lead to a mistake that causes a traumatic brain injury. Hospital staff must also take care to ensure that all surgical equipment is properly sanitized, to avoid causing infection.
Speak With a Qualified Easton Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Right Away
Here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC, we have a “client first” approach to litigation. We will never force you to accept a settlement that you’re not happy with. If necessary, we can and will take your case all the way through to trial. With over 32 years of success litigating personal injury and medical malpractice claims, including those involving a traumatic brain injury, our unique “client first” approach has borne fruit.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it’s important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible so that your claims can be fully assessed and litigated in a timely manner. Call (888) 777-7098 to speak with an Easton traumatic brain injury attorney here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC — consultation is free.
We look forward to speaking with you.