Brain injury resulting from medical negligence can have serious and life-changing consequences for individuals affected, and in some cases can be fatal.
If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury, you may feel deeply concerned about what may happen in the future, and you will likely have many unanswered questions.
At Lavelle Partners, we understand that brain injuries can cause great distress to both the injured individual and their loved ones who are trying to deal with the consequences. Families may struggle to cover the costs of everyday living and those associated with medical care, accommodation and travel to be with your loved one. If the injury was directly due to the negligence of a medical professional, Lavelle Partners can assist you to determine if you can bring a claim against the negligent party for any damages incurred.
What are the medical implications of a brain injury?
In the long-term, people with brain injuries may fail to awaken, suffer the loss of motor movement or sensation, cognitive impairment, sensory impairment, or damage to the autonomic nervous system which controls breathing and other vital bodily functions.
Whether the injury is minor or more severe in nature, the long term impact of damage to the brain can take a long time to become apparent. The extent of any outcome varies considerably from patient to patient because no two injuries are the same.
With modern approaches to treatment of brain injury, both in the acute phase and then in the rehabilitation period, patients now have the best possible chance of making a recovery.
At Lavelle Partners, we truly understand the implications of brain injury and have helped many clients who have been injured as a result of the negligent acts of a medical professional. We place the wider needs of our clients at the heart of what we do, providing support, guidance and legal expertise. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious head injury due to negligence, we are here to take the load off your shoulders as much as we can. Our team of brain injury solicitors will listen to the circumstances leading to the brain injury with the utmost empathy and patience and advise you on your options for seeking legal recourse.
Types of brain injury
There are many types of brain injury, including, but not limited to:
In which medical circumstances may brain injuries occur?
Brain injuries can be caused in a number of medical contexts, including (but not limited to):
- Surgery – i.e. due to blood loss, or errors relating to anaesthesia
- Undiagnosed haermorages, blood clots, strokes, or other cardio / vascular issues
- Undiagnosed meningitis
- Undiagnosed cancer
Medical professionals have a duty of care to protect the health of patients, including taking care not to cause injury during the course of their work. Treatments, interventions, and procedures should always be undertaken in such a way as to mitigate the possibility of brain damage. This means they must explain any risks to you before they proceed, and defer to another more experienced medical professional if they are in any doubt.
Can I bring a claim for brain damage due to medical negligence?
To bring a claim for medical negligence relating to brain damage, it will be necessary to provide evidence that:
- The medical care you received was below a satisfactory standard (i.e. that another medical professional would not have made the same error), and;
- This negligence caused you damage or injury.
To prove your case, we will compile evidence including medical records, and seek expert medical opinion.
What may a brain damage medical negligence injury claim cover?
Claims following brain damage due to medical negligence may cover two areas of loss:
- Pain and suffering due to the injury;
- Specific costs resulting from the injury caused. This may cover costs already incurred, such as transport, accommodation, and medical treatment, and expected future expenses, such as physical therapy and care costs. The costs you receive will be based on the precise injuries suffered and the circumstances of the case.
How Lavelle Partners can assist you in bringing a claim
- Lavelle Partners have successfully managed many cases of injury or disease caused by brain damage related to medical negligence.
- Our personal injury team, headed by partner, Avril Scally, who herself has over 15 years’ experience in medical negligence claims, place client care at the centre of everything they do.
- From the first moment you speak to one of our solicitors, we will listen to your case carefully and with empathy and will only recommend advancing your case if we believe you have a valid case.
- We have both the legal expertise and understanding of the real-life challenges faced by individuals and their families following such events.
- Our solicitors will manage the process entirely on your behalf; compiling the information necessary for your case, including medical notes and managing the submission of your medical negligence claim.
By entrusting us to handle your claim on your behalf, you can focus on what is most important, your recovery and care, or that of your family member or loved one.
Lavelle Partners secures substantial settlement for Plaintiff who suffered an undiagnosed abscess on her brain following brain surgery
For further information on making a claim for brain injury resulting from medical negligence in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800 or email Avril Scally at [email protected]
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