Medical errors have been the subject of many news headlines since recent data now shows such instances to be a leading cause of death nationwide. Patients in Pennsylvania are at risk of injury or death when seeking medical care on a daily basis. Problems can arise in any situation and for parents birth injuries can be extremely traumatic as their newborn babies can be left with permanent disability, brain injury and more as the result of actions by a negligent doctor or negligent nurse.
The impact of a traumatic brain injury is something that all Pennsylvania residents should be aware of. Brain trauma can result from many different situations including sports injuries, car accidents or falls that happen at work, when recreating and in other situations. The need to seek proper and prompt treatment for any form of brain injury is paramount to the long-term health of the victim.
When someone is involved in a car accident and breaks his or her leg, the prognosis is fairly clear. Unless something drastic happens, the injured victim will likely recover and not face many long-term medical conditions because of the broken leg. With a brain injury, however, the immediate recovery is only part of what could be a long-lasting injury that pervades many aspects of a victim's life. And, according to a recently published study, individuals with brain injuries are three times more likely to die prematurely than those people without brain injuries.
Most people do not have the means to treat their own medical needs. Pennsylvania families need to be able to trust medical professionals when they or someone they love needs care. Unfortunately, physicians and other caregivers can make mistakes and the results can be catastrophic. Sometimes these mistakes may even cause a traumatic brain injury from which there is little or no hope of recovery.
There has been a lot of media coverage on sports injuries in recent months—specifically concussions and other brain injuries. A number of professional and collegiate athletes have filed lawsuits claiming that more should have been done both on and off the field to protect them from traumatic brain injury during the course of their play. A Swedish company recognized the need to better protect athletes and developed a ski helmet to do just that.
Cerebral palsy is not a birth defect; rather it occurs after a traumatic brain injury during birth. In other words: it is preventable. This is what a first-time mother learned after researching the condition that doctors told her that her newborn son would probably suffer from cerebral palsy.
Most people in Pittsburgh expect that when they go to the emergency room seeking medical treatment, they will get the best care possible. Yet, that is not always the case. There are any number of things that could prevent physicians from properly diagnose and treat certain conditions. Lack of communication during shift changes, taking shortcuts to decrease wait times, medical malpractice and shortages of non-primary care specialists can all have a significant impact on the quality of care that a patient receives.
Every brain injury is unique, making it difficult to diagnose accurately. Some symptoms appear immediately after the injury, but others aren’t noticeable for days or even weeks. Medical professionals participating in an international study are trying to find better ways to assess brain trauma and classify all of its variations.
In order for new treatments to be developed and tested for current diseases and illnesses, researchers may be asked to spend several years trying their techniques and medications on thousands of patients to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective at treating the problem. Before a person can be involved in a research study for any new medical treatment in Pennsylvania, they must first be told of all the risks and possible side effects that may come from the study.
During a surgery, doctors and other health care professionals in Pennsylvania may closely monitor a patient to determine if there are unforeseen complications with the surgery. If a problem arises, it may be necessary to quickly start procedures to repair the issue before the person suffers a serious brain injury or other complications. There may be times where a doctor or hospital is held responsible for trauma to a patient if the right protocols are not in place to prevent serious illness or injury that could have been prevented.