Washington Brain Injury Medical Malpractice Lawyers
When someone you love requires medical treatment, there’s no room for error. Failure to diagnose a serious disease or providing the wrong treatment may cause a catastrophic brain injury.
This is a devastating event that often results in extreme cognitive and physical impairment. Patients who suffer brain injuries are likely to require a lifetime of assisted living and intensive medical treatment.
If your loved one was injured by an avoidable mistake, then they may be a victim of medical malpractice. The experienced Washington medical malpractice attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will investigate your case and a file claim against anyone whose negligence contributed to the harm that your loved one suffered.
We’ve won millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today. You won’t owe us anything unless we win you a settlement.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional harms a patient by failing to meet the standard of care. For example, if an OB-GYN neglects to adequately monitor the baby during delivery, it may result in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a brain injury that occurs when a baby's brain doesn't receive enough oxygen during delivery.
Delivery room HIE can be prevented by administering a timely C-section. To demonstrate medical malpractice in this type of case, a trial attorney will argue that a reasonably competent OB-GYN would have ordered a C-section under similar circumstances.
Hospitals are required to screen all personnel and make sure their employees have the necessary training and experience to perform their jobs. Anyone working in a hospital, emergency room, delivery room, nursing home, or other type of medical facility can be held liable for medical malpractice, including:
- Hospital administrators
- Laboratory technicians
- Hospital staff
Brain injuries that occur in health care facilities may have many causes. Hypoxia and anoxia are conditions where oxygen to the brain is restricted or completely shut off.
A penetration injury that occurs when an external object enters the brain during surgery can also cause injury. If an emergency room doctor fails to promptly diagnose a brain infection such as encephalitis, brain damage will probably occur.
Any of the following medical errors may cause brain damage:
- A misdiagnosed infection
- Misuse of forceps during childbirth
- Medication errors
- Infant jaundice (kernicterus)
- Anesthesia error
- Failure to provide oxygen to a newborn
- Misdiagnosed cardiac arrest
- Surgical error
- Physical abuse
- Hospital falls
- Intubation negligence
- A misdiagnosed stroke
- Vacuum extraction misuse during childbirth
- Misdiagnosed seizure disorder
Brain damage caused by medical malpractice can lead to lifelong physical and cognitive ailments. The patient may even go into a coma. You will want to consult with a Washington malpractice attorney right away if you notice signs of impairment in your newborn or a patient who has recently undergone medical treatment.
Symptoms of brain damage include:
- Reduced motor function
- Vision loss
- Memory loss
- Sleep problems
- Hearing loss
- Speech impairment
- Personality changes
- Reduced intellectual function
You’re probably feeling pretty upset and isolated if your loved one was harmed by medical malpractice. It’s important to have someone on your side who understands these issues, someone who will fight to get you the help you need.
The statute of limitations in Washington for a medical malpractice lawsuit is three years, but it’s a good idea to find a malpractice attorney who can begin their investigation as soon as possible.
The experienced Washington trial attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have won millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. We’ll use the following types of evidence to find out what really happened:
- Medical records
- Interviews with medical staff
- Internal hospital documents
- Testimony from medical experts
- Personnel files
Patients with brain damage are likely to require intensive medical treatment that generates astronomical medical bills. They may need full-time care just to survive.
Expenses listed in a brain injury malpractice claim may include:
- Hospital bills
- Future medical costs
- Wheelchairs and walkers
- Time missed from work
- Loss of earning potential
- Speech therapy
- Medical devices
- Wheelchair ramps
- Assisted living care
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
If somebody harmed you, then they should have to pay for it. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we help victims of medical malpractice brain damage get the money you need to make things better.
Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule a free consultation today.