Protecting Your Future
Brain injuries can occur under a number of circumstances. If the negligence of a trusted medical professional is to blame, Norman Younker and the attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane can help. After 7 years spent defending the hospitals in cases of medical malpractice, Mr. Younker had a change of heart, and felt compelled to bring justice to the families affected by medical errors. Coping with brain injury can be incredibly difficult for the injured and their families. Incredibly high medical bills, traumatizing changes in the patient's ability to function normally, and the emotional and financial cost of lifelong care all weigh heavily on those affected by brain injury. If you are concerned that a doctor, nurse, or anesthesiologist made a mistake that caused you or a loved one a catastrophic injury, contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane.
Types of Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries include:
- Concussion: The most common type of traumatic brain injury, a concussion can be caused by impact, sudden momentum, or movement change. A brief loss of consciousness is not uncommon in concussed patients, and depending on the severity of the injury, it may take a few months to a few years to fully recover.
- Contusion: Characterized by bleeding in the brain, contusions can be caused by direct impact to the head, and may require surgery.
- Coup-contrecoup: These injuries are classified by damage on both sides of the head - the side of impact and the opposite side, where the brain hits the skull.
- Diffuse Axonal: Often seen in cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome, a diffuse axonal injury involves tearing of the brain structure and nerve tissue.
- Penetration: The force of a foreign object entering the brain causes penetration injuries.
Acquired brain injuries include:
- Anoxia: Injuries resulting from a complete lack of oxygen in the brain are considered anoxic.
- Hypoxia: Injuries resulting from a low amount of oxygen in the brain are considered hypoxic.
Brain Injury and Malpractice
Although it is possible for medical malpractice to cause any type of brain injury, some are more common than others. Brain injury is commonly seen in malpractice cases involving:
- Stroke: In too many situations, we have seen stroke patients sent home diagnosed with a migraine headache. Major bleeding or clots that go undiagnosed cut off blood supply to the brain, causing significant impairment.
- Bleeds: Anyeurisms and ruptured blood vessels can often cause headaches patients describe as the worst they have ever experienced. In these cases, a CT scan or MRI is necessary to properly diagnose and treat bleeding before it causes severe brain damage.
- Labor and delivery: There are a number of mistakes that can be made before, during, and after the birth of a child, and each has the potential to result in serious injuries.
- Anesthesia: Improper or over-aggressive administration of anesthesia can result in brain damage.
- Medication: The incorrect prescription, dosage, or combination of medications can quickly lead to irreversible brain injury.
We Can Help
If one of your loved ones has suffered a brain injury after a trip to the doctor or ER, Younker Hyde Macfarlane can help you determine whether malpractice was a factor. Contact us today to schedule a free legal consultation.
They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family.- Jill S.