An acquired brain injury is caused by sudden damage to the brain during a person’s lifetime which was not caused by any genetic or congenital disorder. Unfortunately, sometimes this damage can be as a result of negligent medical care. When a brain injury occurs that could have been prevented or significantly reduced if competent medical treatment had been provided then it may be possible to pursue a claim for damages.
Tiernan & Company have dealt with many acquired brain injury claims and would be happy to discuss any issues you may have.
Medical professionals have a duty of care to protect the health of their patients, including taking care not to cause injury during the course of any treatment, intervention, or procedure. They should always ensure that all procedures are undertaken in such a way as to mitigate the possibility of brain damage occurring and must explain all risks to the patient before they proceed.
Brain injuries can be incurred in some of the following medical contexts:-
- During Birth
- During Surgery
- Undiagnosed blood clots
- Undiagnosed strokes
- Undiagnosed haemorrhages
- Undiagnosed meningitis
- Undiagnosed cancer
Below are the unfortunate effects that an acquired brain injury can cause:-
- Cognitive Impairment
- Memory loss
- Physical disability
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Damage to the nervous system
- Visual and sensory problems
- Speech problems
- Depression and anxiety
- Disturbed sleep
- Social and emotional difficulties
These symptoms can have a devastating and life-changing effect on a person’s life and can even in some tragic cases prove fatal.
At Tiernan & Co. Solicitors we understand the distress, anguish and monetary complications that this type of injury can cause, not only to the patient themselves but to their loved ones who are left to deal with the consequences. We will therefore take the following steps at the beginning of all brain injury negligence cases to see if we can establish whether or not the medical care that was received was below a satisfactory standard:-
- Firstly, we will take up your medical notes and records.
- We will then obtain the appropriate Medical Expert.
- Upon review of your medical notes and records by our Medical Expert we will be in a position to advise if you have a valid case.
We will then move the matter forward on your behalf while you and your loved ones concentrate on adapting to this new way of life and focus on rehabilitation and recovery.