Any number of things can go wrong when Illinois doctors are treating patients, and the consequences to the patients could alter their lives forever. This is particularly true when it comes to a brain injury. It is difficult to pinpoint what lasting effects an individual will have when the brain is damaged. Furthermore, some issues will not be apparent right away, but could reveal themselves in the weeks and months following the trauma.
After suffering an injury to the brain, patients can have seizures, develop bacterial infections or experience swelling to the brain from the buildup of fluid, along with damage to any number of blood vessels. Even if these conditions are medically corrected, there is no guarantee that the patient will avoid permanent damage. Damaged tissue and nerves can wreak havoc on a person's body and cause any number of physiological, psychological and emotional issues from which there may be no recovery.
In addition to the potential physical disabilities, many people experience intellectual problems such as loss of memory, concentration and/or the ability to perform other cognitive functions that they could prior to the injury. An individual could lose the ability to communicate, which includes more than just the inability to speak. Behavioral and emotional problems can also surface. In some cases, these issues can be debilitating.
An Illinois resident who suffered a brain injury at the hands of a medical professional retains the right to file a medical malpractice claim against the party or parties believed to be responsible. Should the court rule that the actions of those parties caused or contributed to the victim's current condition, an award of damages could be made. Any restitution received could help with current and future medical bills, along with any other losses incurred due to the injury.
Source: mayoclinic.org, "Traumatic brain injury Complications", Aug. 5, 2016