Each year, a number of Illinois residents suffer head trauma in accidents of all types. The signs of brain injury are not always readily apparent, but in many cases, it is obvious that an individual suffered a moderate to severe head injury. Quick and proper treatment is crucial in order to arrest the damage done.
A mild concussion will often cause dizziness, headache and ringing in the ears, among other symptoms. A more serious head injury could cause vomiting, a severe headache and even seizures. The person suffering from these extreme symptoms requires immediate medical attention.
Once at the hospital, medical personnel typically focus on stopping any further damage. Ensuring adequate oxygen and blood flow throughout the body and brain is essential, along with controlling the patient's blood pressure. Testing will need to be done in order to determine the extent of the damage, provide a prognosis and create a course of treatment.
Any treatment should be tailored as much as possible to the injured person to ensure the greatest chance of success. Some people require surgery in addition to other courses of treatment. If the proper steps are not taken -- or are not taken in a timely manner -- more damage can occur, which can lead to permanent disabilities or death.
The failure of any Illinois medical professional to make a brain injury diagnosis in a timely manner or order the proper course of treatment could put the future of the patient at risk. If a patient suffers permanent injury or dies under these circumstances, a medical malpractice claim may be warranted. Successfully proving to the court that the care the individual received was substandard could result in a monetary judgment to help with the financial losses incurred as a result.
Source: ninds.nih.gov, "Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page", Accessed on Oct. 28, 2015