When Illinois readers hear about brain injuries, they may tend to think of someone receiving a blow to the head. However, this is not the only way that the brain can suffer serious and permanent damage. A brain injury can be caused by an error by one or more medical personnel responsible for safeguarding a patient's life.
Our brains cannot survive without oxygen. When the brain is deprived of oxygen, it begins to die. Oxygen deprivation in a medical setting can be caused while under anesthesia, during childbirth or other circumstances.
Many Illinois readers may consider strokes to be events that happen to older people. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes, patient's suffer strokes while under a doctor's care due to the failure to properly diagnose an underlying condition. Incorrect dosages of a medication or the wrong medication also cause a stroke.
Regardless of how the injury occurred, the victim may never be the same again and may need continuing medical care for the rest of his or her life. A newborn who suffers a brain injury during childbirth may never have the opportunity to live a normal life. In many cases, the victims and their families struggle financially to provide the care that is needed. Therefore, consulting with an attorney familiar with the complexity of a case involving a brain injury resulting from the negligence of a medical professional is essential. A thorough investigation will need to be conducted in order to determine the viability of your claim, along with an estimate of damages you may be entitled to receive in a successful civil action.