Last year, a study by the U.S. Armed Forces revealed firing heavy weapons can cause memory and learning problems, but signs indicate it may also increase the risk of brain injury for soldiers across New Mexico and the United States. Per NPR, much of the concern centers around a military weapon known as the Carl Gustaf, which releases an explosive stream of hot gas out its back after shooting at a speed of more than 500 mph.
While a host of studies have been done on moderate to severe traumatic brain damage, little research has been done on mild cases of brain damage. Traditional measures for scanning the brain and evaluating the brain for tissue damage did not allow physicians to easily see the signs of mild damage deep in the brain tissue. With the discovery of a new diagnostic testing device for traumatic brain injuries, however, medical professionals in New Mexico and across the country are now able to see mild brain injuries and understand how they progress over time.
If you have been in an accident in New Mexico, you may have sustained a brain injury. While it sounds severe, this type of injury is not always a traumatic situation that will have life-long effects. Any injury to the brain is considered a brain injury. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, brain injuries are most often caused by falls. Other causes include car accidents and assaults.
It is common to associate brain injuries with a blow to the head, and you may not even be too concerned if you experience a mild concussion. However, factors going on inside the skull may lead to serious brain damage, even without a significant trauma. At Curtis & Lucero, we have counseled many people who have been victims of an acquired brain injury.
When a child is acting strange, it can be difficult to know whether their symptoms are indicative of something serious or not. Traumatic brain injuries can be deadly and require immediate attention, which is why it is important for parents in New Mexico to be aware of the symptoms.
After spending nine months growing in relative comfort, an infant must travel through the birth canal and into the world. During this process, the baby's oxygen supply could be compromised in a variety of ways. If the New Mexico medical staff attending to the mother and infant during labor and delivery fails to sufficiently monitor them both and react quickly to any problems, the baby could suffer brain injuries.
Attorneys usually litigate the cases against medical professionals and hospitals who exhibit negligence and cause harm to patients. Recently, an attorney who practiced medical malpractice law became the plaintiff in a case which rendered a large verdict. Readers in New Mexico may be interested in the details of the case.
Oxygen deprivation and the use of forceps can pose serious risks to infants during birth. Both factors can cause severe and permanent injuries if not addressed appropriately and in a timely manner. New Mexico parents expect that attending physicians will practice the necessary medical care in the birth process that will prevent fetal distress and brain injuries during the labor process.
Physicians in New Mexico who choose obstetrics and gynecology as a specialty typically understand that they must care for their primary patients and their unborn children before and during delivery. There are certain protocols in place to which physicians must adhere during the birthing process. When they are not followed, terrible circumstances can occur. Recently, three women have filed medical malpractice claims against one physician whose actions they feel caused the death of one baby and significant neurological damage to two others.
It is rare that lawsuits involving well-known academic hospitals and brain injury patients end up in a jury trial. Often, these medical malpractice claims are settled via mediation or in other more private ways before they reach that point. However, a recent verdict awarded millions in restitution that may give hope to those in New Mexico who have been through a similar tragic ordeal.