Medical malpractice is a serious concern in cases of brain damage. Although the original cause for a problem such as a stroke may be due to an individual’s deteriorating health or another external factor, a physician’s mistaken intervention or lack of care can worsen damage that should be manageable by health care professionals. In particular, disorders such as aphasia may actually be the fault of an attending physician, as a medical mistake can increase the amount of damage to the brain.
Aphasia is caused by the death of brain cells and tissue within certain areas. If the brain is either injured through physical trauma or a lack of oxygen, the specific areas necessary to maintain language use can become damaged. While it is not necessarily true that all brain injuries will result in such localized damage, it is common for issues such as brain hemorrhaging or stroke to cause damage leading to aphasia.
In the case of a stroke, a physician can worsen a situation if they do not attend to a patient’s needs quickly and effectively. Obviously, undiagnosed strokes can go on to damage the brain substantially. Without quick treatment, rehabilitation and cognitive therapy is significantly more difficult and tends to yield much less successful results. If a physician misdiagnoses a stroke, they may mistake a stroke caused by a hemorrhage for a stroke caused by a blood clot. Considering that treatments for blood clot-caused strokes can actually worsen brain hemorrhaging, this can be an extremely dangerous problem.
Other issues can also contribute to the development of aphasia. If a brain hemorrhage is left untreated, the results can be significant brain damage. Additionally, a poorly performed brain surgery may leave certain areas of the brain without necessary blood or oxygen for a significant amount of time or may cause physical injury to the brain.
To learn more about how malpractice can influence the development of aphasia, contact a medical malpractice lawyer.