Brain injuries are very dangerous because these types of injuries can cause permanent and disabling mental and physical conditions. When Chicago residents suffer a brain injury in an accident, it is important that they get medical attention right away. When doctors are able to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat brain injuries, patients may be able to avoid long-term health problems or other serious injuries.
A few years ago, a patient sought treatment from her doctor after suffering a brain injury. The Illinois doctor claims that he told the patient that she had a lesion on her brain and that she needed to make sure she took care of herself as directed in order to avoid making the injury worse. However, the patient claims that her doctor failed to recommend that she see a neurosurgeon for her injury. As a result, the woman’s lesion doubled in size within a year of suffering the initial injury.
The woman sued her doctor in May 2011 for failing to properly diagnose and treat her injuries, which then caused additional brain injuries. The patient’s lawsuit will finally head to trial next month.
According to the lawsuit, the woman’s lesion on her brain was not treated properly by her doctor. This allowed the cut to get worse over the next year, and as a result, the woman also began to experience concerning symptoms.
As the cut got worse over time, the patient began to have memory loss problems, she experienced more headaches than usual, and she also had trouble with her vision. These injuries caused permanent pain and disabilities, the patient’s lawsuit argues. The patient believes that her current health problems could have been avoided had she received the treatment she needed to recover from her initial injury. She is seeking compensation for damages resulting from her doctor’s negligence.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Med-mal trial set for February in case against Belleville neurologist,” Christina Stueve Hodges, Jan. 3, 2013