There is no question that brain injuries stand out as among the very most serious. Even "mild" brain injuries are not really mild. One’s memory, personality and ability to concentrate can be impaired for life. Not a segment of one’s life goes unaffected. That is why it is often said that a brain injury afflicts one’s entire immediate family. It is a life changing event.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT FOR TEACHER FOLLOWING EMERGENCY ROOM NEGLECT
Our client Arthur was a grade school teacher in Miami’s inner city. One holiday weekend, Arthur was out drinking with friends, and was leaving a bar when he got into an altercation with an assailant who punched Arthur, and caused him to fall, striking his head on the curb.
Out cold, Arthur was taken by ambulance to the emergency room, arriving unconscious with the smell of alcohol on his breath. Arthur was set aside on a stretcher in the hallway for 22 hours when he was finally examined and it was discovered that his pupils were unequal and dilated–a sure sign of brain injury.
Unfortunately, a CT-scan taken almost immediately afterwards showed a large subdural hematoma–a bleed in the brain that had been going on for hours. With this kind of injury, time is critical to success in treatment. The longer the wait, the greater the damage.
Arthur did not die, but sustained extremely serious brain damage resulting from the delay in discovering the bleed inside his brain. Working with a team of colleagues, a confidential settlement was reached with the hospital, after we helped demonstrate that the hospital had mistaken a patient with a serious brain injury as just being drunk.