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Athletics starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy of the Oakland Athletics was recovering from a traumatic brain injury he sustained in a game against the Los Angeles Angels.
When he got hit by a line drive off the bat of one of the opposing players in September, he suffered brain damage while already dealing with a recovering shoulder injury.
He had an epidural hematoma, a skull fracture, and a brain contusion. McCarthy was hospitalized for about three weeks, undergoing brain surgery. They considered McCarthy’s head injury fatal, and it didn’t look good, but he fully recovered, which he thanked his physicians for.
We share the full story of what happened on the field that past Sept and how our friendly and charismatic lawyers can help you push through this kind of catastrophe!
Traumatic brain injuries can occur due to various factors, such as working with hazardous chemicals or being in a car accident.
These can happen in baseball or football, when physical contact with other players or an unintentional blow from a fast-throwing ball may result in a life-threatening injury. Depending on the injury’s degree, the repercussions could be disastrous.
Brain damage victims must deal with the physical and financial consequences of these injuries. They have to deal with lost pay and medical expenditures due to the accident. Years of therapy and rehabilitation are sometimes required for brain injury victims.
This aggressive medical treatment could financially ruin a family. A traumatic brain injury may be challenging for the person and their family.
It is not negligent in hitting a line drive during a professional baseball game. When brain damage results from someone else’s negligence, the victim may receive compensation. This may be lost wages, medical expenses, future medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Brandon McCarthy, the famous pitcher, was resting in his hospital bed after surgery regarding a fracture, contusion, and epidural hemorrhage due to a line drive that struck his head while throwing the day before a primary game.
His wife, Amanda, and other athletes were concerned about the report. Everyone thought it was his last season as a player.
Sean Doolittle, A’s reliever, stated, “It was a quiet flight” and, “I think a lot of guys were thinking about him. We’re hoping that the more news we get, it will continue to be good news.”
McCarthAccording to the team release, y was aware and sleeping in a nearby intensive care unit in a hospital after a two-hour surgery on a Wednesday night; the corporation was necessary to relieve pressure on his head from the blood build-up in his brain.
Earlier that evening, the professional had a CT scan, which confirmed the damage. This operation relieved pressure on his brain. A rip in a person’s middle meningeal artery, situated directly beneath one’s temporal bone in the skull, can cause an epidural hemorrhage.
At the Eden Medical Center, Dr. Jeffrey Randall had unlimited access. He is the head of neurosurgical trauma located in Castro Valley and stated, “If left unchecked, this could be very serious or fatal, but if recognized and treated quickly, the outlook is usually excellent.”
According to the press release that Thursday, his third CT scan “demonstrated improvement from his previous scan, and the epidural hemorrhage had subsided.”
McCarthy moved from Alta Bates Summit Medical Center to an undisclosed hospital on a Wednesday evening for his surgery. Before flying to Seattle for the three-game series, to compete against the Mariners, the A’s members knew of McCarthy’s operation during a team meeting inside the charter plane.
McCarthy got struck by a line drive, which Erick Aybar of the LA Angels smashed during the fourth innings of the play while pitching. He immediately slumped to the ground after he got struck; however, a few minutes later, he rose back to his feet and left the field on his own. He was recovering from a shoulder injury as well.
According to Randall, patients are generally discharged from their hospital after a few days following their surgery in specific circumstances.
He said it would be approximately weeks or months before the patient could resume activities. But that McCarthy’s injury was “not necessarily a career-threatening injury.”
He feels/ thinks McCarthy may resume activity after he receives sufficient rest. Travis Blackley and Dan Straily, triple-A starter, went to Seattle with his team and were McCarthy’s replacements.
Several Arizona players expressed their compassion for McCarthy and their wife, Amanda, on social media platforms, such as Twitter and the news.
“Again, thank you for the thoughts and prayers; they are not going unnoticed,” his wife, Amanda McCarthy, said, “He has the best fans.” Amanda was by his side throughout the entire time.
“Our first concern is Brandon’s health, and we’re heartened to learn he has shown progress in his recovery after surgery,” added A’s general manager, Billy Beane, in a statement.
Whether a professional pitcher or not, people risk experiencing a traumatic brain injury; this is the worst feeling for both the victim and their family. Not everyone has fully recovered from these events like McCarthy, the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher did.
To increase your chance of successful treatment, engage with a TBI attorney to help you recover compensation. At Ehline Law Firm, we fight for your rights so that your life can return to normal and you do not miss a thing! Call us at (213) 596-9642 or email us today to receive a free case evaluation.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.