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When medical negligence leads to brain injury

People who suffer brain injuries often experience a momentous change in their daily lives. If you have suffered a brain injury, you might be having difficulty returning to everyday tasks such as employment or even your favorite hobby. Depending on the severity of your injury, you could be facing hurdles in life that may take years to overcome.

With a potentially drastic change in quality of life at hand, you could also be facing financial challenges. If your injury was caused by the negligence of another party, such as a doctor and/or medical facility, it is important to understand your available legal options.

Potential effects and causes of brain injuries

Brain injuries can vary from temporary mild concussions to permanent damages. These injuries can potentially affect patients in the following ways:

  • Cognitive: Some brain injuries can affect a person's ability to think or speak clearly.
  • Physical: A brain injury can also create physical challenges, such as trouble with movement and strength.
  • Emotional: This type of injury can affect certain parts of the brain that govern emotions, which can subsequently lead to a wide variety of negative consequences.

A medical malpractice claim may be appropriate under any of the following circumstances:

  • Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis: Although an illness may not be anyone's fault, if a physician or medical facility is negligent in diagnosing or treating a serious brain condition, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
  • Medication errors: Brain injuries can occur when patients are given the wrong dose or the wrong drug altogether, and medication errors are a form of medical negligence.
  • Birth injuries: Brain injuries that occur during labor or birth often lead to lifelong complications, and families need to be aware of their legal options, especially if negligence was a contributing factor.

Assistance throughout the process

Brain injuries can cause havoc in a person's life -- mentally, physically and financially. If a doctor or hospital staff is culpable for your injuries, and you are still within the time frame allowed by Texas state statutes to file a legal claim, speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney about your options for obtaining full and fair compensation.

A knowledgeable attorney can provide advice and representation during this difficult time in your life. While the road of recovery may still be challenging, financial compensation could help alleviate many of the burdens resulting from the injury.

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