St. Louis Brain Injury Attorney Assists Victims of Negligence
Dedicated representation for traumatic brain injury and damage from anoxia
Brain injury can truly be catastrophic for the victim and the victim’s family. At best, a brain injury presents a long, challenging road to recovery. In the worst cases, a victim is permanently disabled and requires constant care. At the Guirl Law Firm, we have the utmost compassion for victims of brain injury and their families. We believe these cases cry out for justice, so we work aggressively to hold responsible parties accountable. Whether your loved one’s brain injury was caused by a car crash or an anesthesiologist’s error, we get to the facts and build a compelling case for the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Common causes of traumatic brain injury
By traumatic brain injury, we mean damage to the tissue caused by an outside force. Traumatic brain injury is generally caused in three ways:
- Blunt force — Blunt force trauma is caused by an object or a concussive force hitting the victim’s head. Blunt force trauma is common in auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, criminal assaults, and sports or workplace accidents. Concussive force results from an explosion. Blunt force can cause bleeding and swelling of the brain, which, if untreated, can cause even greater damage.
- Cranial penetration — In this case, a foreign object penetrates the skull and destroys brain tissue directly. Common causes are gunshots, accidents with nail guns, and flying debris during vehicle accidents.
- Violent shaking — When a victim is shaken very hard, the brain can actually shift within the cranium, causing the shredding of brain matter. Shaken-baby syndrome is a common injury of child abuse. However, adults can also suffer this type of brain injury in a violent car crash that causes whiplash injuries.
The symptoms of brain injury are many and varied, including:
- Loss of consciousness for 20 minutes or more
- Chronic pain and fatigue
- Cognitive deficits resulting in difficulties with:
- Processing language
- Speed of processing
- Emotional problems and mood swings, including depression
- Hearing problems
- Sensory perception, including diminished sense of smell, taste, and touch
- Sleep disorders
- Vision problems
A mild brain injury may not seem worrisome at the outset, but can get worse over time. If you suffer a head injury, especially if there is even momentary loss of consciousness, seek immediate medical help. If negligence caused the injury, you should next contact a reputable personal injury lawyer.
How medical errors can lead to organic brain injury
In an organic brain injury brain tissue is destroyed by physical processes. This can happen, when a healthcare provider makes a costly error, such as:
- Delayed or missed diagnosis of disease — Many diseases cause swelling of the brain or intra-cranial tissue. Most notoriously, bacterial meningitis causes the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed, which can lead to brain damage and hearing loss.
- Anesthesia error during surgery — An anesthesiologist must balance the flow of sedative gases with oxygen to keep the patient from suffering hypoxia or anoxia, both of which can cause organic brain damage.
- Delayed or negligent treatment of a head injury — Although the initial cause of the problem may be trauma, the damage can be compounded when a physician does not act to reduce bleeding or swelling of the brain.
When substandard medical care causes organic brain injury, our medical malpractice attorney is ready to help you and your loved one.
Contact our St. Louis attorney today to discuss your brain injury case
If your loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone’s negligence, our St. Louis personal injury law firm is ready to help. For reliable advice and optimal results, call the Guirl Law Firm any time, 24 hours a day, at 314-621-6400 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.
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