Failure to Diagnose Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can be devastating. What may appear as a minor concussion or whiplash can have lifelong effects. Immediately after a head injury, it is impossible to predict the long term consequences of the harm. Any serious injury can have a prolonged impact on your life. If certain types of injuries are not diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion, the outcome can be even more devastating. This is especially true when it comes to brain injuries. This type of injury can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are not always obvious. Because of this, the medical field has developed certain protocols for examining patients who have suffered head trauma in an attempt to identify brain injuries before they worsen or become permanent conditions. The Boston misdiagnosis lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck have represented numerous individuals in medical malpractice actions against professionals who failed to diagnose their brain injuries in a timely fashion. We are well-versed in the complex concepts involved with this type of case and can work diligently to ensure that you receive appropriate compensation.Legal Action Based on a Failure to Diagnose a Brain Injury
Brain injuries are some of the most serious injuries that an individual can suffer. Any type of damage to brain tissue can create serious and sometimes even permanent complications for motor skills, mood swings, personality, memory, and speech. It can also alter the victim’s sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch, as well as his or her ability to express his or her thoughts. Many victims of serious traumatic brain injuries even experience personality changes, depression, and anxiety. Roughly three-quarters of brain injuries result from concussions. It is also common for brain injuries to result from whiplash during a car accident.
Some of the most common ways that medical professionals evaluate individuals who have suffered a brain injury include MRIs, CT scans, and neurological examinations. They may also place the patient on certain monitors, such as a heart monitor, to check their vital signs and request that the individual remain at the hospital for a prolonged examination. Some head injuries are not immediately identifiable and require data obtained over a longer examination period to recognize.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose your head injury, our attorneys can help you bring a medical malpractice action against him or her to recover compensation for your losses. There are several points that we must prove in order for you to be awarded compensation from the defendant. First, we must show that the defendant did not treat you according to the minimum standard of care required of medical professionals in Massachusetts.
In general, medical professionals must treat each patient according to the generally accepted practices and protocols used by other medical professionals with similar training and experience when treating a patient with similar conditions and medical history. This includes performing standard tests and examinations to check for brain injuries in patients who have suffered head trauma. After demonstrating that the defendant did not treat you according to this standard of care, we must show that this was the direct cause of your harm. Due to the medical complexity of these claims, we likely will consult with a medical expert who can analyze the treatment that you received and explain to the jury how the defendant’s conduct fell below the standard of care. If we prevail, you probably will be able to recover compensation for lost wages, past and future medical bills, and pain and suffering. These costs can be substantial, so it is critical to retain an attorney who knows how to persuasively present each item of your damages.Speak with an Experienced Misdiagnosis Lawyer in Boston
If you or someone in your family was injured as a result of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose your brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation under the medical malpractice laws of Massachusetts. You probably have many questions about your potential claim and how to go about protecting your legal rights. Our team of injury lawyers has assisted individuals in Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Plymouth, Worcester, Lawrence, and Springfield, among other cities. To set up your free consultation to discuss a failure to diagnose a brain injury or another condition, such as a neck fracture, call us now at 1-800-379-1244 or contact us online.