Bethlehem Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
In the context of personal injury , most traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by accidents outside of a healthcare facility or other medical environment.
For example, a Bethlehem restaurant owner might be negligent in maintaining the primary set of stairs at the front of their establishment. The poor condition of the stairs may expose visitors to a dangerous tripping hazard. If this hazard causes you to fall and suffer a traumatic brain injury, then you may be entitled to compensation under Pennsylvania law.
Traumatic brain injuries can also arise in the medical malpractice context. For example, a negligent surgeon may forget to assess your lifetime medical history before moving forward with brain surgery, and may run afoul of a medical condition that has long-affected your neurological system (and would have been discovered had they made an effort to examine your medical record more thoroughly), thus causing a life-changing, traumatic brain injury.
Healthcare providers in Bethlehem and elsewhere must adhere to a standard of care that depends on their experience and specialization. Common sense dictates that a diagnostician will be held to a higher standard of care when it comes to diagnosing an illness/injury. If a trained diagnostician misdiagnosis your injury and fails to identify your brain injury, which worsens your condition, you will almost certainly be entitled to damages on the basis of such medical negligence.
Malpractice Leading to TBI
Negligent conduct in the medical context can lead to traumatic brain injury in many different ways, including but not limited to:
- Hypoxia caused by a lack of oxygen
- Anesthesia errors
- Misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose in a timely manner (which can worsen a condition, or leave a condition untreated, thus developing into a traumatic brain injury)
- Infection of the brain due to poor surgical sanitation
- Serious surgical errors
- Failure to consider lifetime medical history when providing treatment
Except in rare circumstances, traumatic brain injuries are severe enough that — in the medical context — they are usually a consequence of medical malpractice negligence. Traumatic brain injuries generally do not develop without a mistake or negligent failure on the part of treating medical professionals.
Consult With Experienced Bethlehem TBI Lawyers as Soon as Possible
Patients are — to a substantial degree — quite vulnerable to the negligence of their medical caregivers. Not only is healthcare a sphere of knowledge in which many patients lack an informed, thorough understanding, but healthcare providers are accorded a level of respect and deference (thanks to their extensive training) that can make it difficult for a patient to fully contemplate the medical malpractice negligence and accompanying injury risks that they are exposed to.
Traumatic brain injuries (resulting from medical malpractice negligence) can be extremely difficult to litigate without the aid of a skilled lawyer who has specific experience litigating medical malpractice claims against prestigious clients. Call 888-777-7098 to speak with one of the Bethlehem TBI lawyers here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC, and to setup a free consultation. During such consultation, our lawyers will assess your medical malpractice and TBI claims and help you figure out a way forward.