Brain injuries referred to here are injuries to the brain that a person has obtained during the course of their life and so it did not arise from the time of birth. Something has happened in the course of person’s life that has caused the brain injury.
If someone else is to blame for causing this brain injury it is this persons right to seek redress from a court in the form of compensation for the damage, loss, pain, suffering and complicated financial responsibilities that may arise to live with the injury.
A brain injury can be caused by a road traffic accident, stroke, brain haemorrhage, accident at work, assault/attack or it can be caused because of clinical or medical negligence.
As we have not suffered and lived with a brain injury ourselves, we cannot fully understand it’s ramifications on day to day life. All we can do is appreciate that in severe cases most aspects of a sufferer’s life are compromised and frustrated.
Figures from the U.K. inform us that 85% of traumatic brain injury sufferer’s are classified as minor, 10% as moderate and 5% as severe. Men are 2 to 3 times more likely to have a brain injury than women. This increases to 5 times in likelihood in the 15-29 range. We do not know of any official statistics from here. A rough estimate is there are between 9,000 to 11,000 people in Ireland annually who sustain a brain injury and this may be increased by further 7,000 arising due to stroke.
Brain Injuries caused by Clinical/Medical Negligence
Some examples of brain injuries which are caused by medical negligence:
- Misdiagnosis or Incorrect Diagnosis or Delayed Treatment of a Medical Condition
- Brain injury caused by Surgery
- Overdose of Medication
- Birth Asphyxiation
Rehabilitation Medicine & Services
The National Rehabilitation Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to patients who have acquired a physical or cognitive disability and require specialist medical rehabilitation in relation to brain injury and other injuries. The Rehabilitation Teams are made up of a range of specialists from Clinical and Therapy services and are consultant led.
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