The term elective surgery may sometimes lead one to assume that it will be a relatively simple procedure performed by an experienced and competent provider. However, any invasive operation that requires sedation can have significant and long-lasting consequences -- including the risk of brain injuries in some circumstances. Sadly, some Delaware families have witnessed loved ones changed forever due to this type of medical mistake.
Unfortunate and tragic accidents occur in Delaware and across the country every day. Accidents often result in life-changing injuries, which are sometimes fatal. Recently, a family in another state was awarded $8.8 million in a wrongful death lawsuit for the brain injuries their loved one suffered at his workplace.
Understandably, Delaware residents may not comprehend the life-change that may result from an unexpected accident until it becomes personal. When brain injuries result from an accident, some symptoms can last a lifetime and impair basic daily functions such as driving and working. In addition to dealing with chronic symptoms, the inability to work and the loss of income may result in financial stress for many victims. Through therapy and persistence, one injured victim has become determined to regain her previous way of life.
Delaware residents may experience traumatic physical injuries as a result of any type of accident, forever changing a person's life. Brain injuries can especially be life-changing, often making it difficult for victims to regain basic life functions. Unfortunately when injuries occur, victims not only struggle to heal, but they may face financial burdens to finance necessary medical treatment.
Some Delaware residents may fear flying in an airplane for many reasons. Being injured by a beverage cart likely is not one of them. Unfortunately for a man in another state, he suffered serious brain injuries after being struck in the head by a runaway beverage cart while the American Airlines plane was ascending into the air. He has filed a lawsuit in civil court requesting $10 million in physical and emotional damages.
Most Delaware parents experience a myriad of emotions as they anticipate the birth of a child. Some of those parents may experience more fear and worry regarding their child's well-being when they are prematurely born. A premature birth can result in multiple health conditions, additional medical treatment and expenses. Any medical mistake on a fragile premature baby could result in unnecessary physical harm, brain injuries or even death. Recently, a family in another state was awarded a $2.3 million settlement for the injury of their baby that they asserted was caused by hospital staff negligence.
Attempting to justify care or therapy for an injury years after healing has occurred may be difficult for some Delaware residents. That difficulty may occur for many young adults who suffered traumatic brain injuries as a child. It has long been believed by medical professionals that once a child's brain injury healed, that children would not likely suffer any long-term effects. A recent study performed in another country has produced data that challenges the current medical thinking.
Car accidents, falls, on-the-job accidents and sports injuries can all result in head trauma for Delaware patients. One recent study of war veterans has helped researchers understand the complexity that brain injuries may cause in people. Previously, it was believed that once the injury healed, patients would no longer suffer effects of the injury. The study instead has revealed that effects can linger for years after the brain heals.
Because of the injuries that can result, Delaware hospitals and medical institutions have policies and procedures in place to prevent patient falls. Bed alarms, signs, bed rail use, staff or family supervision are all methods hospitals use to prevent patient falls. Despite prevention, falls still occur. One patient in another state suffered a fall and died three days later. His family has filed a medical malpractice law suit against the medical facility, believing the brain injuries that the patient suffered may have resulted in his death.
Any Delaware residents that have ever boxed or viewed a match are aware that injuries are to be expected. For the protection of boxers, medical professionals are available at official matches to provide evaluation and treatment of injuries. Unfortunately, one boxer in another state suffered severe brain injuries, and he is expected to need around-the-clock care for the rest of his life. His parents believe that had the physician properly evaluated their son during his match, his injuries would not be as extensive. They have a filed a lawsuit against the physician.