Misdiagnosed Brain Injuries
Injuries to the brain are among the most dangerous that a person can sustain. When it comes to medical treatment for brain injuries, time is usually of the essence, and a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can result in even greater damage and/or a reduced lifespan. A misdiagnosis which exacerbates an injury may be legally considered medical malpractice, and if you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Both traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries vary in severity; minor concussions typically result in few or no cognitive impairments, while severe brain injuries can result in amnesia, lost consciousness, coma, or even death. A TBI’s severity is generally measured by the length of amnesia during the injury, length of the victim’s loss of consciousness, and abnormality of brain imaging results.
Health care professionals are legally obligated to maintain a “duty of care” and act in a reasonably prudent manner toward patients. If a doctor misdiagnoses a brain injury in a situation in which a “reasonably prudent” doctor would not have, this may qualify as medical negligence or malpractice.
Common examples of a medical professional’s legal duty of care include:
– Conducting exams of neurological functioning;
– Ordering diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans, X-rays, and MRIs;
– Consulting with other professionals such as neurologists, neuropathologists, or neuropsychiatrists;
– Extensive monitoring of neurological status after a patient has suffered an injury.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice or negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.