Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by New York Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Mistakes, Traumatic Brain Injuries

New York Medical Malpractice Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries

There are many different ways that New York medical malpractice may cause traumatic brain injury, or TBI.  Traumatic brain injuries are very serious types of injuries and can be catastrophic to a person and his or her family.  These cases are always dangerous and debilitating, even if a healthcare provider calls it a “mild” TBI—there is no such thing as a mild traumatic brain injury.  Whenever a patient walks into a hospital without a traumatic brain injury and leaves with a TBI, the case should be reviewed by a New York medical malpractice lawyer because it could have been caused by reckless, careless, or negligent conduct.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Common Causes Due to New York Medical Malpractice

There are many different types of traumatic brain injuries which could be caused by New York medical malpractice.  And there are many different ways which this medical malpractice could cause the brain injury.  Below are some common examples for your to review for your knowledge, which will help you protect your rights as a patient!

Some common types of TBIs and the common medical malpractice causes include the following:

  • Coup-contrecoup brain injuries – which is when the brain, which is suspended in fluid in the skull, receives a hit, jolt, impact, or other force from one side of the head which causes the brain to slide to the other side and hit that wall of the skull.  As a result, the brain has two injuries to opposite sides.  A common cause fo this is a hospital dropping a patient or failing to guard against a patient that is a fall risk.
  • Hypoxic injuries this is when the brain suffers a lack of oxygen due to some complication, which results in lesions and brain damage impairing function.  Some examples include PCA pump malfunctions, drug overdoses, anesthesia mistakes, failing to incubate a patient for surgery, not maintaining an airway, and birth injuries; and
  • Penetrating injuries – this is when the brain is pierced by an object and sustains damage.  Common causes include equipment dropping on a patient during a surgery, or surgical mistakes or errors during a procedure.

Many healthcare provides will argue they are not liable for these types of  traumatic brain injuries, but it is clear that they should be if they caused them due to New York medical malpractice.  But what do you think?  I would love to hear from you!  Leave a comment or I also welcome your phone call on my toll-free cell at 1-866-889-6882 or you can drop me an e-mail at jfisher@fishermalpracticelaw.com.  You are always welcome to request my FREE book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims, at the home page of my website at www.protectingpatientrights.com.