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Brain Damage Because Of Negligent Surgery

If you or your loved one has suffered brain damage during surgery, you could have grounds for a medical negligence claim. This will ensure you are properly compensation for the devastating physical, emotional and financial damages you have incurred. To find out more, you need to contact a solicitor who specialises in clinical negligence.

Surgical errors causing brain damage

When you go in for surgery, you should be told about the possible risks in advance of signing a consent form. All surgical procedures unfortunately carry certain risks, and it is important you know about these before agreeing to go ahead with the operation. Ordinarily, this will involve problems such as internal damage (such as a puncture), excessive bleeding and infection. These complications are often unavoidable and cannot always be prevented by a surgeon.

However, there are times when a problem occurs as the direct result of surgical error. In the most severe cases, the patient being operated on will suffer brain damage because of medical mistakes. This can happen in a number of ways, but will most likely be due to an overdose of anaesthetic. An anaesthetist must assess a patient's height, weight and general health before deciding how much anaesthetic to administer. If this is not accurately calculated, or the dose is given too quickly, the patient will suffer brain damage.

Furthermore, if a patient is deprived of oxygen during an operation, he or she will go into cardiac arrest. The brain will consequently be starved of oxygen and will sustain an injury. Alternatively if a surgeon is operating close to the brain and makes a mistake, the patient could suffer harm.

What action can you take?

Waking up from surgery to find that you have been brain damaged will of course be extremely distressing. You may have been left with cognitive difficulties (including problems with speech, learning, memory and concentration), physical disability and/or developed associated conditions such as epilepsy. Alternatively this may have happened to your loved one, whose injuries are so extreme that they have been left with severe disabilities. Either way, it is probable that your entire world has been turned upside down, causing immense emotional and financial strain for all involved.

If this has happened to you, you must speak to a solicitor about the treatment you or your loved one received. If it is found that a brain injury was caused by surgical error, there will be grounds for a medical negligence claim. And although this will not resolve the problem, many report that it does help them achieve a sense of justice. It will also ensure that you have the appropriate financial support that you may need to pay for care, treatment or equipment.

To find out more about taking legal action for brain damage caused by negligent surgery, contact us today and speak to one of our legal experts.

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