Recovery for Catastrophic Medical Mistakes
To go into the hospital for a minor procedure and end up in a coma sounds like a horrible nightmare. However, it is a scenario that is all too common, as families of these victims can attest. Even so-called “minor” brain damage has a profound impact on the patient and his or her family.
Brain damage symptoms may not be immediately apparent. You may at first attribute your poor memory, cognitive impairment and headaches to the ill effects of anesthesia or the stress of being hospitalized. Family, friends and colleagues may only realize over time the changes in your physical abilities, cognition, judgment and memory.
Searcy Denney has represented injured Florida patients for more than 40 years. We regularly help patients recover damages from the negligent doctors, nurses, hospitals and other medical providers that made life-altering medical mistakes. We also assist the family members whose loved one has suffered permanent severe brain damage while in the hospital.
Our Florida medical malpractice lawyers have the experience and resources to fight for patients’ rights against the biggest healthcare corporations in the nation. We recover the damages you are entitled to for your or your loved one’s brain injuries.
Anesthesia makes many of the medical marvels of today possible. Doctors are able to perform life-altering, life-saving procedures by blocking the patient’s pain, awareness and memory of the surgical event.
The same traits that make anesthesia vital to our health also make it extremely dangerous when anesthesiologists make mistakes. Overdose or improper use of anesthesia can cause severe permanent brain damage and frightening temporary postoperative delirium.
An anesthesiologist commits a serious error when he or she does not:
- Properly evaluate the patient before the surgery
- Accurately calculate how much anesthesia to use for the patient’s weight
- Monitor the patient for signs of overdose or distress during the surgery
- Account for and making adjustments for prolonged surgery
- Use a local or spinal block when more appropriate than general anesthesia
Some patients never awaken from an anesthesia overdose. Patients that do come around may never recover brain functioning after the surgery.
During birth, a baby who is deprived of oxygen or blood flow from the mother may suffer serious brain damage. As a result of the brain damage, the child may face lifelong developmental impairment, cognitive dysfunction and physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy. Obstetricians can usually prevent brain injuries by identifying high-risk pregnancies, ordering a C-section when appropriate and responding to fetal distress during delivery.
Falls in Hospitals
Hospital patients are particularly vulnerable to falls and resulting head trauma. The underlying injury or illness may render the patient weak, dizzy and off balance. In addition, the use of medications may further compromise the patient’s coordination and balance. Hospitals have a responsibility to implement fall prevention measures, such as installing handrails, raising toilet seats and providing personal assistance to the patient.
Recover Damages for a Medical Error that Resulted in Brain Damage
Searcy Denney helps you and your family recover compensation for a medical error that resulted in brain trauma. For a free claims assessment, call our knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyers at (800) 780-8607. Our firm handles your claim on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing until we recover compensation for you.