Every year in the United States, more than 1.5 million people sustain brain injuries, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Each year, 50,000 people die as a result of a brain injury. A brain injury can be devastating to the affected person as well as his or her family members because it is a lasting and permanent disability. The effects of a brain injury depend on cause of the injury, its location in the brain and the severity of the injury.
The human brain is a complex, sensitive and delicate organ and is susceptible to injuries in many ways. Improperly performed surgical procedures, deprivation of oxygen to the brain during non-neurological medical procedures are some factors that could permanently damage the brain and impair brain function.
Brain injuries most commonly occur as a result of an auto accident or a slip and fall incident. But traumatic brain injuries could also occur as a result of medical malpractice. It could occur as a result of an error or negligence by a surgeon, an anesthesiologist, pharmacist, a nurse or another hospital staff member. Wrong medications or an overdose of medication have also known to result in severe brain injuries among patients. Sometimes, failure to diagnose a brain injury, mostly by emergency room staff, could lead to serious health consequences for patients.
Some of the most common symptoms of brain injuries include:
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of consciousness
Confusion or memory problems
Problems with vision, hearing or smell
While you cannot put a price on the emotional and physical issues that arise as a result of brain injuries, you can put a price on the financial burden that results from a brain injury. The monetary cost of brain injuries varies significantly. It is estimated that a mild head injury costs about $85,000; a moderate injury costs $941,000 and a severe injury costs about $3 million. Overall, the cost of traumatic brain injuries in the United States each year is estimated at $48.3 billion. At a personal level, families face medical costs, therapeutic costs and price of medication among other expenditures such as purchasing equipment such as wheelchairs.
If you or a loved one has suffered brain injuries as a result of medical malpractice or medical negligence, you are entitled to significant compensation to cover a life time of care, current and future medical costs and loss or past, present and future wages. If you would like to pursue your rights and hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions, please call an experienced Pennsylvania brain injury lawyers at Anapol Schwarz for a free and comprehensive consultation. We treat customers with the same care and sensitivity as we would treat members of our own family. Please call us to discuss your case and receive a free evaluation.