The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) recognizes March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. Brain injuries can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere. Recent studies show that about 2.4 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year and the goal of the BIAA is to provide early and equal access care for everyone.

BIAA is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization whose mission is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education to help improve the quality of life for individuals impacted by brain injury.

There are a number of ways that brain injuries can occur, including negligence by hospitals, doctor’s offices or other medical care facilities. Brain injuries caused by medical malpractice can cause a number of permanent injuries that can lead to cognitive disability, paralysis, and in some cases even death.

Common types of medical malpractice that can lead to brain injury include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Decreased oxygen flow to the brain
  • Mistreatment of tumors
  • Mistreatment of aneurysms
  • Improper administration of anesthesia
  • Late diagnosis
  • Failure to prevent infection

When you or a loved one needs medical attention, you have no choice but to trust your health care provider or physician with your life. There is no place for carelessness or ignorance on the part of health care providers, but unfortunately hundreds of thousands of patients are injured and disabled because of medical malpractice each year.