I am so sorry that your family has suffered this tragedy. You state you have an attorney for the auto accident, you can discuss with your attorney if they believe medical malpractice occurred as well. You can find great Malpractice attorneys on Avvo Find a Lawyer feature. The consultations are usually free.
The severe TBI resulting from the accident could be the cause of these injuries .In addition to the damage caused at the moment of injury, brain trauma causes secondary injury, a variety of events that take place in the minutes and days following the injury. These processes, which include alterations in cerebral blood flow and the pressure within the skull, contribute substantially to the damage from the initial injury.
What is troubling is the corneal injury from the suture. A medical expert's opinion is going to be needed. Find the best medical malpractice attorney in your area.
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You should speak to your auto accident attorney about combining the litigation against both the at fault driver and the at fault doctors. If there is a valid claim against the doctors or hospital, it's likely your current lawyer will handle that claim as well as the auto accident claim. If he does not handle medical malpractice claims, then discuss a possible referral to a lawyer he knows who does handle these claims. Be aware that Tennessee has a difficult medical malpractice statute that has very strict time limits on bringing claims. You generally have one year from the date of the injury to either settle with the doctors or hospitals or file suit in court to stop the clock on the Statute of Limitations. Our one year SOL is one of the shortest in the nation.
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As the other attorneys have suggested, first consult with your auto accident attorney. Tennessee's med malpractice statute is one year, but I believe it is tolled for minors. Your attorney will know the statute. In med negligence cases in Tennessee, your medical expert has to be from a contiguous State with Tennessee to be able to be qualified to give an opinion in a medical negligence case. From the last case I had there many years ago, any minor settlement has to go through court approval and have a guardian ad litem appointed for either the car accident or malpractice case, and your attorney can explain that process to you.