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Crosley Law: Fighting for Victims of Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome in Texas

For people struggling with obesity, weight loss (bariatric) surgery should free them. The benefits of surgery should allow these patients to develop new hobbies and relationships on top of adding years to their lives. But what happens when bariatric surgery causes memory loss, neurological problems, and permanent brain damage?

If you’ve been affected by Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, call Crosley Law right away. We offer free consultations so we can listen to the details of your unique situation and give you candid legal advice about what you should do.

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Below, we have more information about Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and Wernicke’s encephalopathy that will help if you or someone you love has been affected.

Why Does Wernicke’s Encephalopathy Happen?

When we think of what can go wrong during bariatric (weight loss) surgery, brain damage rarely ranks at the top of the list, but it’s a real possibility. Patients who undergo weight loss procedures are at risk of developing a condition known as Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a disorder that can impair brain functions.

Wernicke’s appears in people who have a deficiency of thiamine, which is also known as vitamin B1. The condition typically affects malnourished people, and it’s also common among those suffering from prolonged alcoholism.

When a thiamine deficiency occurs because of bariatric surgery, it happens because surgeons remove the part of the digestive tract that’s most efficient at absorbing thiamine. Before long, the patient will end up with a thiamine deficit. Bariatric surgery also dramatically decreases food intake, which can create or worsen a thiamine deficiency.

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Recognizing Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

When a thiamine deficiency becomes severe, lesions form in the central nervous system and cause a host of neurological symptoms. The presence of these symptoms is known as Wernicke’s encephalopathy. Encephalopathy is a medical term that means brain disease, damage, or malfunction.

Wernicke’s encephalopathy usually begins with confusion, disorientation, extreme drowsiness, loss of motor skills and balance, and apathy. If left untreated, the disorder may evolve into a life-threatening syndrome known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome Can Cause Irreversible Brain Damage

When a doctor fails to treat a thiamine deficiency and it leads to Wernicke’s encephalopathy, that means the doctor was negligent. And in addition to the damage that Wernicke’s encephalopathy inflicts on a victim’s brain, the condition places the victim at a high risk of developing Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. This syndrome causes untreatable and irreversible brain damage that may lead to memory loss, the inability to make new memories, and the inability to access long-term memory. Often, people who suffer from Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome need life-long care.

When It’s Time to Contact a Lawyer

No patient should ever develop Wernicke’s encephalopathy or Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome under the care of a physician. These conditions are 100% preventable and treatable with intravenous supplements of thiamine, so if your doctor allowed a thiamine deficiency to go untreated, it means they were negligent.

If you or a loved one developed Wernicke’s encephalopathy or Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome due to a doctor’s negligence in diagnosing and treating a thiamine deficiency, it’s time to seek an attorney. In 2017, one of these cases in San Antonio resulted in a $14 million jury verdict in favor of the victim.

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Crosley Law: Fighting for Victims of Medical Malpractice in Texas

Crosley Law is here to fight for the victims of medical malpractice in select cases involving brain damage, spinal cord injury, or death. We know you and your family deserve compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses as well as lost wages. Crosley Law will also fight to help you or your loved one maintain a comfortable quality of life. Nothing can replace what you’ve lost, but we want to help you fight for justice.

If you or someone you love has been affected by Wernicke’s encephalopathy or Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome in Texas, call Crosley Law today at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or fill out the convenient contact form on this page. We’ll set up your free consultation so you can get expert legal advice about your situation at no cost to you.

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.