Head and Brain Injuries

Head injuries of any kind have the potential to be extremely serious, as they can affect consciousness. Amongst the types of injures to the head that it is possible to sustain are ones to the skull, such as fractures; or internal ones involving the brain or blood vessels. Amongst the potential symptoms suffered as a result of head injuries are concussion, loss of consciousness, and even irreparable brain damage in the worst cases. Anyone suffering a head injury – even one which may appear to be relatively mild – should seek medical attention as soon as possible, as sometimes the underlying seriousness of an injury of this kind is not immediately apparent.

Just as there can be a wide variety of different types of head injury, so there are also a number of different ways in which such injuries can be sustained. Amongst the most common causes of head injuries are falls or motor crashes of any kind. Sometimes, however, internal head injuries – such as brain injuries – can occur as a result of problems during the process of receiving medical care. Brain injuries as a result of medical or clinical negligence can range from ones sustained during a surgical procedure, to ones that arise as a result of the misdiagnosis of symptoms.

There are several ways in which incorrect diagnosis can lead to brain injury. Firstly there are those resulting from the failure to diagnosis existing injuries in this area – such as a tumour or haemorrhage, leading to irreversible damage, or death, when a correct diagnosis may have prevented this outcome. Then there are those cases where a head injury unconnected to the brain is not correctly diagnoses, leading to the problem going on to affect the brain. Finally, there are those brain injuries that result from a surgical procedure going wrong.

Any of these scenarios can potentially lead to a medical negligence claim – of the kind handled by legal representatives such as Patient Lawyers – if there is a strong case for negligence on the part of the hospital, or an individual doctor who was responsible for the treatment.

Article courtesy of Patient Lawyers