Did You or a Loved One Suffer Brain Injury Due to Medical Error?

The large amount of faith we put in our healthcare providers makes medical malpractice even more frightening. Unfortunately, some doctors, nurses, and medical staff do commit serious errors in their patient care.

When a healthcare provider is negligent, one of the most serious risks is anoxic brain injury, or problems with the brain that result from a lack of oxygen. Even a few minutes of oxygen deprivation can have lifelong consequences, including seizures, coma, or brain cell death.

Anoxic brain injury can be caused by a variety of healthcare mistakes, including surgical errors, tracheal compression, and improper medication. If you or a loved one has suffered from preventable brain injury due to medical error, your healthcare provider deserves to be held accountable.

Types of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries that can be caused by medical malpractice may include:

  • Cerebral Palsy,
  • Hydrocephalus,
  • Seizures,
  • Stroke,
  • Motor disorders,
  • and intellectual or developmental disabilities.

These disorders can be very severe and very expensive to treat. You should not be burdened alone with the cost of healthcare if that disorder is due to an error by the healthcare provider.

Although a financial settlement cannot make up for the heartache of preventable brain damage, it can help cover the costs of future treatment. An experienced New Jersey brain injury attorney can help you figure out whether you might be a candidate for such a settlement.

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

First Steps if You Suspect Brain Injury

Few doctors will come out and admit that something went wrong in the operating room. Instead, patients get sent home and only months later do they recognize that things are not normal. When a patient suffers a serious brain injury, it might be family members or friends who first notice confusion, impaired memory, and speech problems.

If you suspect something is wrong, contact another doctor who can take a look at you or your loved one. This doctor might be able to diagnose an anoxic brain injury right off or need to perform additional tests before settling on a diagnosis.

Also, remember to write down the symptoms that seem relevant. This record can help establish the severity of the injury and when it started.

Gathering Medical Information

Before meeting with an attorney to review your legal options, you should pull together relevant documents and information:

  • The names of all doctors who have treated your loved one recently, as well as the dates of appointments
  • Any medical records or test results that you have
  • Copies of medical bills, even if your insurance paid for the care
  • A list of current difficulties you or your loved one is experiencing

An attorney will find this information helpful. He or she might need to perform a preliminary investigation, and this information can help get that started.

Finding a Brain Injury Attorney

Not all lawyers are prepared to handle brain injury cases, which are unique types of lawsuits. Instead, you would benefit by meeting with someone who has helped many clients with brain injuries already, since they will understand the ins and outs of these types of medical malpractice suits.

Most attorneys offer an initial consultation, where you can meet to ask a lawyer about his experience and legal philosophy. The lawyer will also listen to you explain your case and devise a strategy for uncovering what exactly happened.

At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, LLC, we offer a free consultation to clients, so there is no risk to meeting with us.

Investigating a Brain Injury Claim

As your attorneys, we can find information that might be hard for you to uncover. For example, we might interview people who were in the operating or emergency room with you to find out what exactly happened. We can also request full copies of all relevant medical records and test results.

Central to getting at the truth is having an expert witness review your medical records and what treatment the doctor ordered. This expert is usually a practicing or former doctor who can review the evidence and identify whether the doctor or another medical professional made a mistake that contributed to your brain injury. Expert testimony like this is essential for bringing a successful brain injury claim, and we have worked with many qualified experts over the years.

Contact Us Today

O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, LLC, is a leading brain injury law firm in New Jersey. One of our medical malpractice attorneys will be happy to meet with you to discuss your case. Our team has many years of experience, and we can file a lawsuit in the correct court for maximum compensation.

Discuss Your Case with Our Brain Damage Attorneys Today

At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we believe that healthcare providers whose negligence causes brain damage should be held accountable. Our experienced attorneys will help you explore your options, possibly including the negotiation of a financial settlement. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome. To discuss infant brain damage, medical malpractice, and potential negotiations. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.