Brain Injury Medical Malpractice Law Firm in Washington DC and Maryland

The brain is often considered the “last frontier” in medicine as scientists have not yet discovered many of the basic principles of brain function. It has been called the last “unmapped continent” because we still cannot pinpoint neurons nor understand how they affect human thought. The mapping of the brain is an ongoing scientific pursuit that is compounded by the inability at identifying neurons and their vast communication network. Even with the use of a microscope, no scientist has yet seen a complete human brain neuron sending projections to various parts of the brain. When science discovers this breakthrough, it will be like finally seeing an entire new planet in the solar system.

Despite the brain’s mysteries, there are many things that scientists do know. For example, in order to avoid a brain injury, it needs a constant supply of oxygenated blood to function properly. In fact, the brain uses 20% of the body’s oxygen supply. When the brain fails to receive any oxygen, a person suffers an anoxic injury. When the brain receives some oxygen, but in an insufficient amount, a person suffers an hypoxic injury.

Our firm helps persons who have suffered a brain injury due to medical negligence. These injuries are usually preventable; however, sometimes there is a failure to communicate between surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses. If there was a critical medical error causing your injury, our medical experts and lawyers will find it. Our job is to then hold the negligent party responsible for causing a serious injury.

What Is An Anoxic Brain Injury and Its Risk Factors?

Your heart’s primary function is to pump blood throughout your body; however, oxygenated blood comes from your lungs. Oxygenated blood makes its way to your brain. When blood flow to the brain is impeded for any reason, a person can suffer an anoxic brain injury.

Generally, oxygenated blood is cut off from the brain during a stroke or a heart attack. It also happens if someone suffers from a pulmonary disease.

A hemoglobin deficit can also cause anoxia. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and their function is to transport oxygen throughout the body. A deficit of hemoglobin, therefore, can cause a brain injury.

What Is An Hypoxic Brain Injury and Its Risk Factors?

When the brain receives some oxygenated blood, but in low quantities, a hypoxic brain injury is likely to occur. Generally, this happens when there is respiratory failure. The cause is usually a stroke or heart attack.

Symptoms of anoxic or hypoxic brain damage

Headache
Lack of Concentration
Short Attention Span
Confusion
Temporary Loss of Consciousness

What Should My Doctor Order If Symptoms Are Present?

Your doctor should order a head CT scan, an MRI or an EEG (Electroencephalogram) if you present with any of the relevant symptoms. Time is of the essence when it comes to testing.

During a major operation of any type, surgeons and anesthesiologists must be vigilant about monitoring oxygenation in order to avoid a brain injury. If there is a failure to closely monitor the level of oxygen in the blood and its uninterrupted flow to the brain, anoxic brain damage could occur during surgery.

What Are Examples of Medical Negligence Causing Brain Injuries?

During a period of intubation, medical personnel must vigilantly monitor oxygen levels. Failure to do so could cause either anoxic or hypoxic brain damage.

Failure to timely perform a cesarean section when there has been a deprivation of oxygenated blood to the baby can have serious consequences.

Medication errors and anesthesiologist errors before and during surgery could cause brain injuries. This is especially true when there is a failure to closely monitor the patient during surgery.

Other Examples of Medical Malpractice Leading To Brain Injury 

Medical negligence can also cause other types of brain injuries.  For example, a delay in the diagnosis of a brain tumor could lead to serious injuries. Failure to diagnose or failure to treat a tumor can have devastating consequences.

Surgical errors can also be a form of medical malpractice. Brain surgery is a highly specialized field but sometimes preventable mistakes happen leading to serious injury or death.

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If you suffered a serious injury due to medical negligence, then you must act quickly and contact a medical malpractice law firm. There is a time limit for filing a lawsuit.

Please contact us for more information about your case so that we may determine the best course of action.

You can count on our total dedication to you. We rely on the best experts to help us evaluate your case. With our firm on your side, you will have an attorney directly available to you.  Contact us at 202-330-6290 or info@serranolegal.com for a free initial consultation.