What Is A Medical Coma?

A coma can be described as a sleep state that prevents a patient from waking up or meaningfully respond to their surroundings. Comas can vary greatly in length, from a few days to a number of weeks. There are cases of patients remaining in comas for years.

Comas are unexpected and it is simply not possible for families to prepare ahead of time for the major decisions that will have to be made. At the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates, our lawyers can take care of any legal aspects surrounding your loved one's situation. We can help you create a plan to care for and make decisions on behalf of your family member. Any decisions are yours to make, but we are here to provide the guidance you may need.

Understanding Possible Causes Of A Coma

One of the most common causes of a coma is surgical errors or complications. In these cases, the patient goes in for surgery and does not wake up when it is over. If this has happened to your loved one, we will investigate and assess the potential liability of the surgeon and the hospital. Comas in these situations are often the result of brain injury due to:

  • Possible anesthesia errors
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Restricted blood flow during the operation

A coma can result from any number of traumatic events such as:

  • Childbirth complications
  • Falls in nursing homes
  • Delayed treatment for conditions such as pulmonary embolisms
  • Car accidents and other sudden traumas

If and when the victim comes out of the coma, the family will need to pay for extensive therapy and medical treatment. We will diligently work to recover full and fair compensation from the responsible party to cover these kinds of expenses. We will pursue compensation for medical bills, future medical care, and past and future lost wages. The attorneys at our firm are dedicated to providing compassionate, empathetic service and efficient, successful legal representation.

Answering Your Questions

If you have questions about how to handle your loved one who is in a coma, we are here to help answer them. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, call 419-842-4062. You can also contact our firm online.