Pennsylvania hospitals are working together to try to improve care for patients suffering from brain injuries, especially children. Concussions in children and teens can have longer-lasting effects than adults, and doctors are working to create tests that can help predict if a patient is prone to prolonged recovery time after brain trauma.
Philadelphia brain injury attorneys are concerned about a recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that found that many doctors are not following proper protocol in diagnosing concussions. The study also showed that proper directions for recovery at home were not always given on discharge from the hospital. Lots of rest is key after a brain injury, but children should also be advised to stay away from stimulating activities like watching television and physical activities.
This year the CDC created a team of doctors to work on more advanced protocol in assessing brain injury. Everyone involved has to be better educated because both incidents and diagnoses of brain injuries in children are on the rise. Pediatricians have to work harder to correctly diagnose and advise patients because of children’s sensitive neurological systems.
If doctors fail to properly diagnose or treat a concussion, then they could be liable for negligence in a medical malpractice suit. As in any negligence case, if a doctor-patient relationship is formed and the doctor fails to properly care for the patient, then a duty to care is breached.
If injury is caused from that breach, for instance if further injury develops or the original condition worsens as a result of poor treatment, then the victim may be able to recover for that injury. Actual injury must directly result from the breach of care, but if it does, then a victim could be eligible for a wide variety of damages. Everyone involved has to be diligent when it comes to the care of kids.
Source: Wall Street Journal, “Fresh Efforts to Improve Teens’ Concussion Care,” Laura Landro, Nov. 19, 2012