Brain injury attorneys at Duffy & Duffy understand that medical mistakes and negligence can occur in a variety of circumstances and lead to grave injuries. If you have been injured due to a medical professional’s negligence contact our medical malpractice law firm today for a case review. Common cases seen by our brain injury attorneys include:

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Cerebral palsy

Labor and delivery is known to be an unpredictable and difficult process, hence the physician in charge of delivering the baby needs to monitor the mother and unborn child and check for any signs of fetal distress. Failure to notice important problems, such as umbilical cord’s pressure on the baby’s neck, may lead to a lack of oxygen to brain, which can cause Cerebral Palsy. Since there is presently no cure for Cerebral Palsy, victims and their families face lifelong suffering and expenses due to the doctor’s mistake. A brain injury attorney in our firm, who specializes in Cerebral Palsy cases, will be happy to discuss your child’s case with you, and advise you about the possibility of recovery and damages that can result from it.

Cerebral Hypoxia

Another example of birth injury is cerebral hypoxia, which may also occur due to obstetrician’s failure to monitor the fetus during birth. Decreased heart rate, improper use of forceps and umbilical cord pressure are all things that should alert the doctor to act quickly in response to distress. Failure to perform a timely C-section, to restore the oxygen flow to the brain, may lead to significant brain damage caused by hypoxia. Our brain injury attorneys working with medical experts will review all the records surrounding your child’s birth and advise you as to whether the case may be meritorious in court.

Failure to diagnose a disease

Our brain injury attorneys also represent patients who were injured as the result of physician’s or emergency room staff’s failure to diagnose a condition, leading to brain injury. Examples of such cases can be a failure to diagnose meningitis, especially in children where an infection, if not caught in time, can lead to hydrocephalus, as well as significant pressure on the brain causing severe injury. If the child has symptoms consistent with meningitis, such as fever, lethargy or significant weight loss, performing lumbar puncture, together with blood work, is essential to proper diagnosis and timely treatment. Failure to do so may cause the treating provider to be named a defendant in brain injury lawsuit.

Sports related brain injury

Where the failure to diagnose stroke or meningitis may result in non-traumatic brain injury, approximately 250,000 concussions per year occur as the result of trauma to the brain sustained while playing sports. Statistics show that twenty percent of football players suffer some sort of head injury in a single season, and repeated concussions can be fatal. However, some coaches, trainers and team doctors simply dismiss player’s complaints as minor and insist that he continue to play. Failure to timely and properly address a concussion can lead to brain atrophy and other neurological deficits. Our brain injury attorneys understand that participating in contact sports can lead to players sustaining repeated head injuries and discuss any sports related case with experts, who will check records and see if there were symptoms of brain injury such as confusion or amnesia, which should have been caught and addressed.

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