Not all brain injuries are caused by blunt force head trauma or other sudden insult to the brain. "Acquired brain injury" is a catchall term often used to describe brain damage that results from non-traumatic causes, such as infection, degenerative disease or anesthesia errors. Acquired brain injury better describes the damage that can result from various forms of medical negligence than traumatic brain injury does.
Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If someone in your family has lost significant brain function as the result of malpractice on the part of a medical professional, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Richards & Richards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our managing partner, Veronica Richards, is a nurse practitioner who worked as the Manager of Neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. We have had excellent success in the proof of liability and damages on behalf of our clients in acquired brain injury cases including those where patients suffer a central pontine myelinolysis.
Although severe brain damage is the common consequence of carelessness during or immediately after surgery, when the interruption of oxygen to the brain can cause the loss of brain function with a few minutes, there are other ways medical negligence can cause serious-to-profound brain damage:
- Failure to diagnose the symptoms of imminent stroke
- Hospital-acquired infections that attack the central nervous system
- Misdiagnosed or untreated meningitis
- Birth injuries such as cerebral palsy
- Improperly managed diabetes
- Prescription errors
- Emergency room errors
Like most other medical malpractice cases, the causation issue is usually the most important question of fact in an acquired brain injury case. Even once we've established that the defendant doctor or hospital was negligent, the defendant will usually argue that the mistake that we proved was not the most important cause of the patient's injury.
Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Fortunately, we have the experience with the proof of contested malpractice claims that can help you get past the causation defense in a high-stakes personal injury lawsuit. Pittsburgh attorney Veronica Richards has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2004 and a Top 50 Super Lawyer in Pittsburgh in 2010. Her success in complex medical malpractice litigation is largely responsible for her excellent reputation in court in addition to hew awards.
To learn more about our ability to help you in a case of acquired brain injury due to medical negligence, contact Richards & Richards for a free consultation in Pennsylvania. We are happy to come to your home or office to meet you.