Close to 1.5 million people across the country sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year. Sustaining a serious brain injury in Miami can be a devastating event – but can be even more so if your condition is not recognized in time and misdiagnosis causes medical complications.
Misdiagnosing a brain injury can lead to serious complications, including re-injury, fatalities, and other serious complications. If you have suffered a serious brain injury and believe that you may have been initially misdiagnosed, causing further complications, you may have legal recourse to seek compensation. To find out more about your rights, you can contact the Flaxman Law Group at any time to schedule a free case evaluation of your situation.Brain injury Misdiagnosis in Miami and Florida
There are several reasons why misdiagnosis of brain injuries can occur in Florida:
- poor hospital policies
- brain injuries may not present symptoms right away
- symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient
- brain injury symptoms can be subtle
- lack of proper patient monitoring
- medical negligence or recklessness
- lack of proper medical scans or imaging tests
- lab errors
Brain injuries can occur in many situations:
- car accidents and traffic accidents
- slip and fall accidents
- sports related injuries
- shaken baby syndrome
- birth injuries
- bicycle accidents
- firearms injuries
Essentially, each time that your head is shaken violently or your head crashes into a blunt object or a hard surface, you may have sustained a concussion or other traumatic brain injury. A brain injury can occur when the brain tissue is shoved against the hard skull surface. This can cause the brain to swell, bruise, or bleed. Unfortunately, symptoms can be subtle and can take some time to develop. Symptoms of a brain injury can include:
- memory loss or trouble concentrating
- nausea or vomiting
- ringing in the ears
- sensitivity to light or noise
- vision problems
- bleeding or bumps on the head
However, even if you have no symptoms but have hit your head or have been in a serious accident, it is important to visit an emergency room in order to get a full evaluation and to be monitored for a brain injury. Even if you have suffered a relatively minor concussion, it is important to get it treated to prevent a secondary and more serious brain injury. It is also important to keep in mind that even life-threatening brain injuries may not present symptoms right away but can still kill you. Getting properly evaluated is important.
Unfortunately, when you visit an emergency room, you do not expect emergency room negligence in Miami and other Florida area hospitals. Despite this, misdiagnosis routinely occurs. If a patient seems to be speaking well and largely cognizant, doctors may mistakenly assume that the injury is not serious. If doctors fail to run further testing carefully monitor a patient, a patient may be discharged even with a serious brain injury, which can cause serious complications and even death.
If you have suffered a complication or serious injury due to misdiagnosis of a brain injury in Miami or another Florida area hospital, contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free evaluation to discuss your case. You may qualify for compensation that can help pay for your medical bills, lost income, and other expenses.