A recently filed lawsuit has many in Colorado and across the nation debating the merits and dangers of home births and the choice to use a midwife to deliver one's child. The case revolves around a couple's claim that the midwife they selected to assist in the birth of their child mishandled the event. The child suffered a severe brain injury at the time of birth; an outcome the lawsuit asserts should, and could have been avoided.
When an individual suffers a serious brain injury, life changes in a number of ways. Depending on the extent of the damage, the brain injury patient may experience loss of function in a range of areas of their life. The injury can take a toll on a Colorado family, as well, due to the need to restructure the family unit to accommodate the patient's unique needs.
For those of us who grew up with encyclopedias and phones that were tethered to the wall, advancements in scientific knowledge over the course of the last few decades are truly astounding. Computer technology has led to a vast array of technological advances in the field of medicine. One recently announced project brings hope to Colorado patients who have lost function due to a serious brain injury.
When an individual is injured in a surgical procedure, it can be difficult to know how to address issues of legal recourse. Colorado families are often overwhelmed with adjusting to the new realities of life brought on by a serious brain injury, and have little energy or emotional fortitude left over to tackle their legal needs. However, in many cases brain-injured individuals have a lifetime of medical needs, and addressing the legal ramifications of a medical mistake can help the family to meet those needs.
A recently released report suggests that brain injured patients and their families have a great deal of issues to consider in the aftermath of an accident or injury. The immediate concern is always stabilizing the patient, which is closely followed by a thorough medical assessment and prescribed course of treatment. After a period of time, however, the long-term prognosis becomes clear. At that point, patients and family members in Colorado will begin to focus on how to best address the continuing needs of the individual who sustained the brain injury.
It was about this time last month that we ran a post on the tragic car-bicycle accident that left a 49-year-old Colorado man brain dead. The man has since been declared dead, but his memory lives on in a way that is both touching and heart rending. Friends of the man have erected what amounts to an ad hoc monument. It takes the form of a bicycle painted white and marked with a small plaque.
The roads around Denver and other areas of Colorado attract avid bicycle enthusiasts for both scenic and challenging rides. While the scenes are spectacular, the combination of bicyclists and automobiles sharing the road can occasionally prove fatal.