Pursuing Justice: Brain Injury Cases due to Medical Negligence

As many as one million Americans get injured and more than 250,000 die each year because of preventable medical errors, according to a recent study performed by Johns Hopkins. Other reports claim the number of preventable deaths to be as high as 440,000. If you or someone you love has suffered brain injury as a result of medical negligence or carelessness of the doctors or a hospital, the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham can help you recover maximum compensation for your emotional and physical pain. 

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Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Claim for Your Brain Injury in Texas?

Many brain injuries including congenital brain injuries, TBIs, and ABIs are preventable. They usually occur because of an illness or accident. Based on this, lasting damage and severity can be mitigated with proper care. These are a few reasons that may cause a brain injury or make it worse because of medical malpractice:

  • Failure to adequately observe
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to treat
  • Failure to diagnose complications, such as intracranial pressure
  • Lack of prompt treatment
  • Birth complications and injuries
  • Surgical complications, including stroke
  • Preventable infections and injuries

You should discuss your legal situation and options with a competent brain injury attorney in San Antonio to determine whether you have a viable lawsuit.

Common Causes of Brain Injury Related to Medical Malpractice

When you go to a doctor or hospital for treatment, you place your life in their hands and trust in their training and expertise. This fact is recognized by Texas law, which requires hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals to be responsible and competent in following the national standards of care. You can file a medical malpractice lawsuit if the health care professional or facility failed to follow the rules. 

You can suffer brain injury in a medical setting because of the following:

  • Failure to maintain proper blood pressure during surgery
  • Stroke or cerebral vascular accident (CVA)
  • Post-surgery errors
  • Medication errors
  • Birth injuries, cerebral palsy
  • Anesthesia negligence, hypoxia
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ICH)
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH)
  • Concussion
  • Closed head injury
  • Hydrocephalus

You should speak with a trusted and reputable medical malpractice attorney to learn more about your available legal options and the best way to move forward. The sooner you act, the better.

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Liability in a Brain Injury Related Medical Malpractice Claim

You may be able to pursue compensation and justice for your brain injury depending on the individual facts of your case. The compensation component in medical malpractice suits usually includes lost wages, cost of medical treatment, out-of-pocket costs, and pain and suffering. Your attorney, who has seen about every legal situation there is to encounter, will understand your case and gather the necessary evidence for preparing a strong lawsuit.

Typical liable parties in brain injury lawsuits include:

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Another care provider
  • Hospital or clinic

It is important to know the difference between traumatic brain injury and brain damage. Acquired brain injuries and congenital brain injuries are more commonly related to medical malpractice claims. However, this doesn’t mean that medical malpractice cannot result in traumatic brain injuries. 

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Non-economic Damage Caps Apply to Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Texas

You can cover the costs associated with your unexpected brain injury by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. You can also help deter such unacceptable practice on the part of the health care professional or facility to prevent any future victims. Texas law allows obtaining economic, non-economic, and punitive losses by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

However, in 2003, the Texas Legislature capped the amount of money that a victim of medical malpractice can recover for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, physical disfigurement, and loss of familial relationship or consortium. Under the Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform Act of 2003, the damage caps include:

  • $250,000: Non-economic damages cap against all health care providers (e.g., doctors);
  • $250,000: Non-economic damages cap against a single health care institution (e.g., a nursing home);
  • $250,000: Non-economic damages cap against a second health care institution (e.g., a hospital).

Therefore, in a “perfect storm” of medical malpractice – for example, a situation in which one or more doctors are negligent ($250,000) and two health care institutions are negligent ($250,000 x 2 = $500,000), it is theoretically possible for an injured patient to recover $750,000 in non-economic damages in Texas. Unfortunately, Glenn W. Cunningham has never seen, or even heard of, such a “perfect storm” of malpractice. In fact, it is rare for a case to even qualify for two non-economic damage caps. It takes a competent and experienced medical malpractice attorney to understand the individual details of a claim and hold the responsible parties accountable for the maximum allowable damages in Texas.

Talk to a Skilled and Knowledgeable Medical Malpractice Attorney in Texas – Book Your Free Consultation Today

If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury because of the negligence of a health care provider, or if they failed to diagnose and treat your condition accurately, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. The Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham will take the necessary legal action to recover the financial compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and losses. 

Our San Antonio medical malpractice attorney has a strong record of settlements and verdicts in cases. Schedule your free and confidential consultation with Glenn W. Cunningham today. Call our office or write to us online

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