Hypoxic & Anoxic Brain Injuries
Advocating for Baltimore Residents with Acquired Brain Injuries
Hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries are types of non-traumatic brain injuries that result from a lack of oxygen. Similar to negligence-based traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), you have the right to seek compensation if your hypoxic/anoxic brain injury was directly caused by another’s negligence.
At Brown & Barron, LLC, we have made it our mission to restore lives by restoring justice. We stand ready to help you in your hypoxic/anoxic brain injury case, providing you with the following:
- Over 75 years of combined experience
- Honest, compassionate legal counsel
- Aggressive advocacy in trial and negotiations
- Results-oriented representation tailored to your specific needs
We understand the devastating impact a hypoxic/anoxic brain injury can have. That’s why we will fight without rest to recover your full and fair compensation, as well as closure about what happened. To date, our appellate advocates and trial lawyers have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients in Baltimore.
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What Is a Hypoxic/Anoxic Brain Injury?
As mentioned, hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries are non-traumatic brain injuries, meaning they damage the brain through internal factors. This distinguishes them from TBIs in which damage to the brain occurs as a result of an external factor, like a blow to the head. Still, theBrain Injury Association of America classifies all these injuries under the umbrella of acquired brain injuries, which simply means they are not congenital or hereditary.
For both hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries, the internal factor is a lack of oxygen:
- Cerebral hypoxia is when the brain’s supply of oxygen is partially depleted to a level that makes normal brain function impossible
- Cerebral anoxia is when the brain’s supply of oxygen experiences a complete interruption
Oxygen deprivation is very serious. The brain needs oxygen to function, and when this supply is interrupted, consciousness is lost in as little as 15 seconds. Damage to the brain is soon to follow. In cases of cerebral anoxia, an anoxic brain injury usually occurs after about four minutes of oxygen deprivation; on the other hand, cerebral hypoxia leads to the gradual death of or damage to brain cells, or a hypoxic brain injury.
Common Signs and Symptoms
Many hypoxic and anoxic brain injury symptoms are similar to those of a traumatic brain injury, such as:
- Trouble speaking
- Vision problems
- Memory loss
- Mood changes
- Poor coordination
What Causes Hypoxic & Anoxic Brain Injuries?
Common causes of hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries include:
- Heart attack
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Toxic exposure
- Drug overdose
- Near drowning
- Severe asthma attacks
- Anesthesia complications
Sometimes, these causes are no one’s fault; other times, negligence is to blame.
For example, if an anesthesiologist’s negligence led to a complication with anesthesia and a hypoxic/anoxic brain injury, the hospital may be held accountable. At Brown & Barron, LLC, we have also seen cases in which medical professionals failed to identify the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke, allowing these events to occur. Should hypoxic/anoxic injuries result, medical professionals and their employers—hospitals, nursing homes, or clinics, etc.—can be held liable.
Your Rights After a Hypoxic/Anoxic Brain Injury
If you suspect that medical negligence or nursing home abuse/neglect led to your hypoxic/anoxic brain injury, you may have the right to sue the party responsible for the full amount of your damages. This may include pain and suffering, lost earnings, medical bills, and more. Our attorney team at Brown & Barron, LLC will work to uncover the true cause of your injury, then fight without rest to get you the compensation you deserve.
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