Bleeding of the brain can cause damage to surrounding tissue and may result in serious medical problems or even death. If a medical doctor or other healthcare practitioner fails to appropriately recognize, diagnose, and treat the signs of bleeding in the brain, or a brain hemorrhage, severe medical complications may occur including death. Any inaccurate diagnosis or delayed treatment can result in catastrophic results. If you, or your child, suffered any kind of injuries resulting from a medical practitioner’s negligence that led to bleeding of the brain, a Los Angeles bleeding of the brain lawyer can help you understand your legal rights. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 for a free case evaluation.
Understanding Brain Hemorrhages
Any bleeding that occurs in a person’s brain is a brain hemorrhage. When a blood vessel in the brain bursts, or when the head suffers a sharp or severe impact due to an accident, a victim can have serious internal bleeding located inside their skull. If the blood continues to spread to the brain tissue, it will damage brain cells and cause severe injury to those cells. As time passes, the damage will continue to spread and cause even more health complications, including possible death.
Causes of Bleeding in the Brain
There are many reasons that a person could develop bleeding in the brain including the following:
- High blood pressure (typically chronic)
- Injuries as a result of an accident (car accident, slip and fall accident, etc.)
- Brain tumors
- Bleeding disorders
- Aneurysms (broken or burst blood vessels in the brain)
- Liver disease
- A medical abnormality within the blood vessel walls
All medical professionals must adhere to professional standards of care regarding the identification, discovery, diagnosis, and treatment of bleeding in the brain of any patient that visits them. Medical doctors and other healthcare providers have tools to diagnose medical issues before they develop into brain bleeds or ways to mitigate and lessen the damage of current brain hemorrhages or brain bleeds.
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Birth Injuries Related to Bleeding of the Brain in Infants
Unfortunately, infants may also develop brain bleeds and hemorrhages as a result of medical negligence during the birthing process. Failure to identify, diagnose, evaluate, and immediately treat bleeding in the brain of infants may result in permanent brain damage or even death. Typically, birth injuries related to bleeding of the brain in infants results from traumatic labors and challenges in the delivery. Some reasons that birth may cause bleeding in the brain of an infant may include the following:
- The infant is too large for the gestational age
- The mother’s pelvis is too small or unusually shaped (cephalopelvic disproportion)
- Misuse of forceps or vacuum extractors during the delivery process
- Failure to appropriately handle a breech birth
- Failure to appropriately use labor-inducing drugs such as Pitocin or Cytotec
As a result of medical negligence that results in bleeding of the brain in infants or hemorrhages, an infant may develop the following medical conditions:
- Subdural Hemorrhage or Hematoma
- Intraventricular Hemorrhage (also known as IVH)
- Subgaleal Hemorrhage
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Medical Malpractice and Bleeding in the Brain
Medical doctors have a responsibility to ensure that their patients receive appropriate treatment in order to prevent bleeding of the brain. Patients that have high blood pressure should receive medications that will reduce their blood pressure. Patients that have bleeding disorders, liver disease, or other medical conditions that may increase the risk for bleeding in the brain should also receive medications and treatments for their medical conditions.
Additionally, any patient that visits an emergency room following a traumatic accident with injuries should receive an appropriate evaluation to determine whether or not they have internal bleeding in the brain. According to Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, when a medical provider fails to perform their duties in such a way that is an accepted and established protocol of the medical community, it may rise to the level of medical malpractice. If a victim of a serious or catastrophic accident visits an emergency room and fails to receive proper suggestions, diagnostic testing, evaluation or treatment for a possible brain bleed, or if a medical professional ignored signs of an aneurysm or stroke, this medical negligence may the basis upon which a victim can build a medical malpractice case.
If you believe that the birth injuries that resulted in bleeding in the brain suffered by your infant either immediately before, during or after the birthing process were the direct result of medical negligence, you may also have the legal right to pursue a claim for medical malpractice. A Los Angeles bleeding of the brain lawyer can determine whether you have a valid claim for compensation. Contact a member of our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today.
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Learn How a Los Angeles Bleeding of the Brain Lawyer Can Help You
There are several ways in which medical negligence may result in bleeding of the brain or a brain hemorrhage. If your doctor fails to appropriately diagnose and treat a medical condition that increases your risk for bleeding of the brain, if an emergency room doctor fails to identify, diagnose or treat a current brain bleed as a result of a serious accident or injury, or if an obstetrician or doctor fails to follow established guidelines regarding the birth and delivery of an infant, a brain bleed or hemorrhage may occur. While no amount of compensation will return you or your child to perfect health, you may have the legal right to file a claim to receive justice as well as compensation for the medical negligence of a healthcare practitioner. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to help you determine your legal rights and your next steps. The call is free and there is no obligation.