Brain injuries can be severe and life-altering injuries. Whether it is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting from the wrongful conduct of others or brain damage caused by medical malpractice, victims and families often face great potential for permanent disabilities, as well as profound physical, financial, and emotional suffering.
At The Becker Law Firm, our brain injury attorneys have secured record-setting results in complex cases involving severe brain injuries – including the largest personal injury settlement involving an individual plaintiff in Ohio history.
Our attorneys understand the overwhelming impact brain injuries can have on the lives of victims and their loved ones, and have the trial experience needed to help victims move forward in their fight for full justice and fair compensation. If you have a potential case, contact us for a free consultation.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries include many different forms of damage to the brain, including
- Hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries (commonly the result of medical malpractice); and
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Examples of brain injuries:
- Hypoxia: Hypoxia is a medical term used to describe insufficient oxygen in tissue, and it may affect the entire body, or specific regions like the brain. Generally, a person suffers a hypoxic brain injury when their brain does not receive a sufficient amount of oxygen. This may occur in cases of drowning, electrocution, cardiac arrest, or stroke, and it may also be caused by medical negligence involving failures to diagnose, anesthesia errors, and surgical errors, among others.
- Anoxia: Both hypoxia and anoxia refer to a lack of oxygen; however, anoxic brain injuries involve a complete lack of oxygen to the brain, often resulting in severe brain damage and permanent disability. Anoxic brain injuries can be caused by the same factors as hypoxic brain injuries, and are common in birth injury cases involving infant brain damage. Some examples include failures to perform C-sections, poor fetal monitoring, and improper response to fetal distress.
- Trauma: Traumatic brain injuries are a type of acquired brain injury, meaning they are not hereditary or congenital, and instead are caused by trauma to the brain. Traumatic injuries resulting from medical mistakes can also damage the brain. This may include obstetrical errors caused by vacuums, forceps, or cranial compression. A direct head injury is not necessary for a person to have suffered a TBI. For example, explosions and whiplash injuries can both cause TBI even without obvious signs of physical injury to the head because the brain can rapidly accelerate and decelerate within the skull under these forces.
Brain injuries have many different causes. In terms of personal injury cases, some of the most common include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Premises accidents (i.e. falls and falling objects)
- Construction accidents / workplace injuries
- Electric Shock / Electrocution
- Medical malpractice / birth injuries
- Drowning accidents
- Defective products
- Toxic exposure
Brain Injuries from Medical Malpractice
Brain injuries arising from medical malpractice are also common forms of acquired brain injury. Typically, they involve oxygen deprivation and brain cell death, though they may at times result from head trauma during childbirth. In any case, brain damage is a form of brain injury, and medical providers who cause them by failing to meet their duty of care can be held liable for damages victims and their families suffer.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, it is important to consult with attorneys who have ample experience handling serious injury claims and cases involving medical negligence.
Our team at The Becker Law Firm has this experience, and we have secured millions in compensation for victims and families devastated by brain injuries.
Examples of Our Brain Injury Case Results:
- $60.7M settlement for the family of a 16-year-old girl who suffered disabling neurologic injuries after contact with a downed power line. This was the largest personal injury settlement involving an individual plaintiff in Ohio history.
- $25.5 judgment for the family of a child who suffered a brain injury due to a complication just before delivery that led to oxygen deprivation after the hospital failed to follow its own protocol for an obstetrical emergency.
- $11.5M jury verdict for the family of a child who suffered a preventable brain injury during childbirth - specifically, a cerebral neonatal “watershed” stroke, a type of border-zone infarction.
- $8.7M recovery secured in a birth injury case over failure to appropriately manage pre-eclampsia that progressed into eclampsia, caused placental abruption, and resulted in subsequent brain damage to the child.
- $8M recovered from a hospital that failed to administer prophylactic antibiotics, resulting in extreme sepsis, hypovolemic shock and brain damage in a newborn.
Damages in Brain Injury Cases
Though every case is different, brain injuries have an overwhelming potential to disrupt the lives of victims and their loved ones. Brain injuries cause considerable and long-term, if not life-long, economic and non-economic losses.
By pursuing civil claims against at-fault parties, victims and families can seek a financial recovery of their damages, including:
- Medical bills and future medical expenses
- Assistive care, rehabilitation, and therapy
- Lost income / lost future wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering, anguish, and grief
Though there is no amount of money that can make amends for life-altering injuries, recovering financial compensation can be crucial to families who must care for a loved one left with permanent and disabling deficits.
By working with medical experts who can assist in illustrating clients’ injuries and the extent of their limitations and financial experts who can calculate projected future expenditures, our team helps clients pursue the maximum compensation possible.
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Brain injuries are highly complex and require experienced counsel. As they can also can leave victims unable to work, relate to others, and enjoy activities, and families reeling from incalculable grief and suffering, the need to hold at-fault parties financially liable is of the utmost importance.
The Becker Law Firm is available to discuss your potential brain injury case during a free and confidential consultation. We handle brain injury cases throughout Cleveland and the state of Ohio, and we are trusted frequently with referrals from attorneys nationwide to collaborate on complex negligence claims – many of which involve life-altering brain damage.
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