How Prevalent Is Brain Damage And What Preventable Medical Errors Cause It?

How Prevalent Is Brain Damage And What Preventable Medical Errors Cause It?

When a medical practitioner fails to diagnose a brain tumor, fails to treat infection, over-medicates, mishandles a childbirth delivery or makes errors in administering anesthesia, serious brain damage can result. If the physician’s errors that led to your brain damage were preventable and occurred because of not following standard medical procedures, Manhattan lawyers can evaluate your injury and pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.

According to Diedrich Healthcare's 2013 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis, 12 percent of medical malpractice claims that alleged severe injury were for severe brain damage and quadriplegia, which required lifelong care. A Bureau of Justice special report covering the years 2000 through 2004 indicated that median insurance payouts were the highest for the most severe types of injuries, and the two injuries of severe brain damage and quadriplegia ranked at the top of the list.

In terms of the amounts of costs involved, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that costs range from $15,000 to $30,000 per year and lifetime care costs from $500,000 to upwards of $3 million or more. These estimates are only for medical care and do not take into consideration lost wages, lost future earnings or other economic losses that fall on the shoulders of families whose main providers suffer incapacitating brain damage.

If your loved one suffered serious brain damage from medical malpractice, seek legal help as soon as possible.

Rich & Rich, P.C. has the skills and in-depth legal knowledge required to handle cases involving brain damage caused by medical malpractice. Clients benefit from our decades of legal experience and personal injury focus. Call us at 646.736.3999 to arrange your free consultation.

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