Our brain, spinal cord and surrounding structures can become infected on account of a medical condition or following spinal surgery resulting in an infection of the brain.
If the brain becomes infected, this can lead to serious neurological conditions with long-term and devastating consequences, such as loss of memory, concentration and attention, emotional problems and impulsiveness, abnormal speech or language, secondary neurological conditions such as epilepsy, or a limited function of arms or legs. Individuals with a severe brain injury can be left in long-term unresponsive or comatose state.
Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to obtaining a good outcome and if concerned emergency care should be sought.
Common instances of brain infection as a result of medical negligence arise from a failure to diagnose and treat bacterial, fungal or viral infections, or failure to provide appropriate aftercare following brain or spinal surgery.
Once a brain infection has occurred long term rehabilitation is often required and individuals are left emotionally, physically and financially devastated. Families shoulder the burden of immediate costs such as treatments, accommodation and transport, as well as the costs of long-term care, support and maintenance.
Bringing a legal claim for compensation can provide families with the financial support they need to manage the short and long-term effects of medical negligence. By easing the financial burden, individuals and loved ones can focus on building meaningful and fulfilling lives.