The average individual in Pennsylvania experiences an illness at some point in their lifetime, such as food poisoning, ear infections and the flu. However, when someone suffers a brain injury, they go through an entirely different type of recovery process.
Pennsylvania residents like you rely on medical professionals to get the help you need in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, mistakes can still happen even among trained medical professionals. At Phillips, Phillips & Smith-Delach, P.C., we work to explain medical misdiagnoses, delayed diagnoses, and illustrate the difference between the two.
Traumatic brain injuries have become a hot button topic both in Pittsburgh and throughout the country in recent years. Yet a good deal of misunderstanding may still exist about TBIs. Most may think that only those injuries which result in severe brain damage can cause lifelong effects. However, mild TBIs (concussions) can also leave one struggling with cognitive issues. What is most frightening about this fact is that concussions are quite prevalent in the U.S. In fact, research information shared by Truven Health estimates that as many as a quarter of the American population has sustained at least one.
From motor vehicle accidents to mishaps on the playground, traumatic brain injuries happen for all sorts of reasons. Sadly, some people suffer a TBI due to medical professional negligence in Pittsburgh, and in other cities around Pennsylvania. At Phillips, Phillips, & Smith-Delach, we know how devastating this can be for patients as well as their loved ones and we believe that victims of brain injuries resulting from medical malpractice deserve justice.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a very serious condition that has been known to occur after repeated brain injuries. While it is mostly associate with professional athletes, many people in Pittsburgh can be at risk of developing this condition depending on the circumstances. Accordingly, it’s important to understand how it develops, as well as the associated symptoms.
Several of those that we here at Phillips, Phillips, and Smith-Delach, LLC have worked with in the past in Pittsburgh describe those minutes after their loved ones have experienced brain injuries to be incredibly traumatic. You likely know what they mean if you have been through such an experience yourself. You may witness healthcare professionals administering treatment and using jargon that is difficult to understand. This may include seemingly random numbers, which are in fact scores detailing your family member or friend’s level of consciousness. Understanding this scoring system may help you know to what extent he or she is injured, and to what degree he or she may recover.
When Pennsylvanian residents go in for surgery, they put their lives in the hands of the surgeons. Unfortunately, mistakes are sometimes made, and negligence may sometimes occur. This can sometimes lead to brain injury or trauma, which may be severe to the point of debilitation in certain cases.
A child who was placed under anesthesia for a surgery recommended by an ear, nose, and throat doctor suffered from complications after the surgery and now has permanent brain damage. Her family has filed a lawsuit in federal court over the issue. The anesthesia manufacturer and the hospital have been named in the lawsuit.