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No two recoveries the same re medical malpractice brain injuries

One can only imagine sitting in an Iowa hospital waiting room while a loved one is having surgery only to later learn something went terribly wrong and the condition of the patient is actually worse than it was prior to the operation. Medical malpractice brain injuries often leave more than just patients' lives devastated. Spouses, parents and adult children who care for injured medical patients often suffer in many ways as well.

No two patient situations are exactly the same; neither are any two recoveries. There are certain things to keep in mind that may be helpful to those recovering, as well as those caring for others following traumatic brain injuries (TBI). If a loved one is in a coma due to a brain injury, even though he or she can't respond to external stimuli, it doesn't necessarily mean he or she can't hear sounds, such as voices speaking nearby.

Family members of brain injured patients should keep talking to their loved ones and encouraging them to get well. If a patient is in a minimally conscious state, he or she may be able to respond, perhaps even reach for things or exhibit changes in emotion. It's not uncommon for someone suffering TBI to be confused and disoriented at times.

When brain injuries are caused by medical negligence, spouses and other immediate family members may feel let down and angry, especially when it's likely a particular situation may have been prevented. This is one reason some people take their cases to court -- to hold those liable for their suffering legally accountable for the substandard care they provided. Anyone in Iowa with questions regarding the legal process following medical malpractice brain injuries may discuss such issues with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: msktc.org, "Understanding TBI: Part 3 - The Recovery Process", Thomas Novack, Tamara Bushnick, Aug. 15, 2017

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