Gorovitz & Borten, P.C.
Attorneys at Law

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Framingham, Massachusetts
01701
Tel: (781) 890-9095
Brain Injury
Brain injuries can be caused by trauma or a lack of oxygen. Traumatic brain
injuries may result from a car accident, sport accident, unintended falls or other
traumatic events. Lack of oxygen can occur to an infant at the time of labor and
delivery but may also occur as a result of the faulty administration of oxygen.

In cases of brain injury it is important to understand that the severity of the injury,
mild-moderate-severe, only refers to the initial assessment of trauma to the brain,
not to the long term damage. Even a mild injury can lead to serious long term
complications. Therefore, the misdiagnosis of a brain injury by a medical provider
can lead to serious complications after the patient is discharged from the hospital.
The severity of a brain injury is also related to the part of the brain that was injured
rather than the severity of the injury itself.

Brain injury that is the result of lack of oxygen can occur during a surgical
procedure under anesthesia as well as some diagnostic procedures now
performed under heavy sedation. Lack of oxygen at the time of labor and delivery
(birth asphyxia or ischemic hypoxic encephalopathy) is the result of a fetus being
deprived of adequate oxygenation due to a faulty placenta or uterine hyperactivity
(uterine contractions that are too strong or come close together). Brain injuries
resulting from lack of oxygen are usually preventable and treated by the
administration of oxygen or the prompt delivery by cesarean section.

Brain injuries can be classified as:

Mild Brain injury: A mild brain injury may cause a brief loss of consciousness
lasting no more than a few minutes or no loss of consciousness at all. A person
may feel dazed or confused shortly after having been injured.

Moderate Brain Injury: In a moderate brain injury the loss of consciousness may
last several minutes to several hours. Confusion may last for weeks or months and
impairments may last for months or can be permanent.

Severe Brain injury: In a severe brain injury the loss of consciousness may last
for days, weeks or months. Severe brain injury may result  in coma or even a
vegetative state. Impairment may be permanent.

Not all brain injuries are severe from the onset. At times, a mild concussion may
cause severe complications. Some complications caused by a brain injury may not
appear immediately and some may take months to fully appear. If you have
experienced any or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • memory loss
  • confusion
  • impairment of motor function
  • inability to perform daily tasks
  • mood disorders
  • temporary blindness or visual changes
  • unusual headaches
  • slurred speech
  • dilated or unequal size pupils
  • numbness and tingling
  • weakness of any extremity
  • lethargy
  • seizures
  • lack of responsiveness
  • suffer blackouts

you or your loved one may have suffered a brain injury.

Failure by a medical provider to fully evaluate an individual with a brain injury may
have catastrophic consequences. If you or your loved one has suffered a brain
injury as a result of medical treatment we can help you assert your rights and get
the compensation you deserve.

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