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Brain Injuries

Although brain injuries are frequently associated with serious accidents, brain injuries can also be the result of medical practice. When medical a mistake such as a diagnostic mistake, an anesthesia error, a surgical error or other medical mistake results in or worsens a brain injury, the consequences can be devastating. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury as a result of medical malpractice, it takes a skilled personal injury attorney to fight for your rights.

Prime Law Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of medical malpractice victims and holding the responsible parties accountable. We have a well-deserved reputation for providing our clients with aggressive representation and a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes in brain injury malpractice cases, having recovered millions of dollars in damages in settlements and jury verdicts. When you work with our dedicated legal team, you will have peace of mind knowing that we will always stand by you.

Brain Injuries Caused By Medical Malpractice

Medical errors can result in oxygen deprivation and cause severe harm to the brain. Damage can quickly occur after the oxygen supply is cut off, causing cognitive, physical and psychological impairment, while prolonged oxygen deprivation can cause seizures, coma and brain death.

Medical mistakes that may cause a brain injury include:

  • Anesthesia error
  • Heart attack misdiagnosis
  • Stroke misdiagnosis
  • Medication error
  • Untreated brain infections

Symptoms of brain injury due to a lack of oxygen include memory loss, personality changes, difficulty with words, learning disabilities, visual impairments, disorientation, lack of coordination, and arm and leg weakness. Brain injuries from oxygen deprivation often occur while a patient is under anesthesia, however, and there are no obvious symptoms. Anesthesia errors, in fact, can deprive the brain of oxygen, destroying brain cells in the process.

Additionally, a heart attack or stroke can diminish the brain's oxygen supply, while a stroke can also trigger the release of chemicals that destroy brain cells. Ultimately, a timely diagnosis of a heart attack or stroke is crucial so that oxygen can be administered to the patient. Moreover, oxygen deprivation to the brain can also result form medication errors, such as an overdose, which can cause reduced breathing and heart rate. Finally, allergic reactions to a medication or harmful drug interactions can also deprive the brain of oxygen, while failing to treat a brain infection (e.g. encephalitis, meningitis, abscesses) can also result in a brain injury.

Failure to Diagnose a Brain Injury

In addition to brain injuries caused by medical mistakes, misdiagnosed brain injuries may also be grounds for a lawsuit. An individual who has sustained a traumatic brain injury is at a high risk of a secondary brain injury, which increases the likelihood of permanent brain damage or death. This stems from the fact that the effects of a brain injury — loss of coordination, dizziness, fainting, blackouts, or confusion — put the victim at risk of another accident, or second impact syndrome. Victims of second impact syndrome are also more prone to developing epilepsy.

Compensation for Brain Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

A permanent brain injury can be life altering as victims and their loved ones face financial, emotional and physical burdens. At Prime Law Firm, we can help to ease that burden by fighting for your right to meaningful compensation. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury caused by medical malpractice, you may be able to recover economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are designed to cover your lost wages, current and future medical bills, rehabilitation and long-term care expenses, while noneconomic damages are designed to compensate you for pain and suffering, permanent disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Representing Brain Injury Victims Throughout Queens, Brooklyn, and The Bronx

Our medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help victims of brain injuries caused by medical malpractice obtain the compensation they deserve. Over our many years of practice, we have recovered millions of dollars for brain injury victims.

Because medical professionals in New York are required to obtain medical malpractice insurance, resolving a claim requires complicated negotiations with an insurance company. Although doctors and surgeons often seek to deny any liability for causing brain injuries, we know how to hold them accountable.

We will take the time to conduct a thorough review of the medical evidence and work to show how your brain injury was the result of medical malpractice. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to fight for you in court. When you work with Prime Law Firm, you can rest assured we will never stop fighting for you. Please call our office as soon as possible to speak with one of our attorneys.