What Precautions Should I Take After Brain Injury?
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January 30, 2020
The Weitz Firm, LLC
Brain injuries that are caused by the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional can lead to long-lasting or permanent disabilities for victims. In the aftermath of a mistake of this nature and seriousness, you need to consult with a medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia. At the Weitz Firm, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
A brain injury caused by a medical professional can be devastating
Most people think of brain injuries occurring to someone who sustains a traumatic blow to the head in incidents like sports accidents or car crashes. However, there are times when mistakes made by medical professionals can result in brain injury and permanent brain damage. Some of the most common ways a person sustains brain damage due to medical errors include the following:
Failing to properly diagnose a patient’s heart attack or stroke.
Excessive bleeding during a medical procedure that results in decreased oxygenation to the brain.
Failing to properly intubate a patient in a timely manner.
Failing to properly monitor a patient while they are under anesthesia.
Failing to timely diagnose and treat an aneurysm.
Giving a patient the wrong dosage or the wrong type of medication.
Improperly diagnosing or treating pulmonary embolism.
Improperly using forceps or a vacuum extractor when a child is being born.
What precautions should you take
As soon as you discover that a brain injury has occurred to you or a loved one as a result of a medical error, the first step to take is to ensure your well-being. This means consulting with a trained medical professional with experience treating brain injuries. Once a treatment plan is established, and the situation is stabilized, you need to do the following:
Preserve all evidence of the incident, including any medical records you already have.
Begin the process of securing any medical records you do not have.
Keep an injury journal that documents everything you or your loved one are experiencing.
Keep all receipts and medical bills related to brain injury.
Contact a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible so they can begin investigating your case.
It is time to consult with an attorney about this case
If you or someone you care about has sustained a brain injury that was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of a medical professional, seek legal assistance today. At the Weitz Firm, we are dedicated to helping victims of these errors. Our goal is to secure the compensation you need. This can include:
Coverage of all expenses related to brain injury (including future medical costs)
Coverage of lost income and benefits if you cannot work
Loss of enjoyment of life damages
Pain and suffering damages
Possible punitive damages against the liable healthcare provider