Neurosurgeons are doctors that deal with issues involving the brain and the nervous system. The conditions they work under are difficult, and they often have more intense cases than those handled by other types of surgeons. The goal of neurosurgery is to help the brain or nervous system recover from trauma or illness. However, neurosurgeons are sometimes negligent, and when they are, the results can be very serious.
What do Neurosurgeons do?
When a patient presents with neurological issues doctors must determine if there is a brain injury or condition causing the problems. It is a neurosurgeon’s job to diagnose the issue and, if necessary, perform surgery to correct it. Neurosurgeons require extra training beyond medical school and should be experts in their field. Neurosurgeons work on all parts of the spine and brain, including:
- Bones of the neck and spine
- All blood vessels surrounding the neck and spine
- Ligaments of the neck and head
- Spinal bones
- Nerves in the neck and spine
- Discs that cushion the spine
- Tissue that covers nerves
When Something Goes Wrong
There are times when things can go wrong during the delicate procedures that neurosurgeons perform. A wrong move during spinal surgery can result in a patient’s paralysis. This is something that neurosurgeons have to keep in mind when they work, and they should be particularly careful. If a neurosurgeon is negligent, the results can be devastating. Some example of neurosurgeon malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis of an infection in the brain that can lead to serious damage
- Failure to diagnose a stroke and not taking appropriate action
- Nerve damage caused by a misaligned cut to the brain or spine during surgery
- Administering an incorrect dose of medication
- Irreversible brain damage caused by problems during surgery
- Performing a surgical procedure that the patient did not need
- Leaving surgical equipment inside the patient
- Not recognizing the signs of a post-operation brain bleed
- Failure to properly communicate medical history and diagnosis
- Failing to inform the patient of the dangers of the procedure
If events like these happen and the neurosurgeon failed to adhere to the standard of care, they may be liable for medical malpractice.
Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you’ve been injured by medical negligence, you should have an experienced medical malpractice attorney evaluate your case. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have been helping the victims of medical malpractice for over 50 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.