Anoxic Brain Damage

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When a person’s brain is completely deprived of oxygen, the resulting injury may be severe brain damage like anoxic brain damage.  The human brain will begin to lose brain cells after just four minutes without oxygen and the injuries sustained may be permanent and require long term care.  Anoxic brain damage can occur in several different ways:

  • Anemic anoxia occurs from insufficient blood flowing to the brain.  Hemoglobin in the blood carries oxygen throughout the body and if a person is experiencing a severe bleeding event they may develop anemic anoxia brain damage as a result.
  • Ischemic anoxia can happen as the result of a stroke or other blood clot which may impair vital blood flow throughout the brain.  Fatty deposits in the brain’s blood vessels may become clogged and essentially choke the blood flowing through the brain.
  • Anoxic anoxia may take place when there is insufficient oxygen in the air.  High altitude sickness can cause anoxic anoxia.

Causes of anoxic brain damage

The leading causes of anoxic brain damage injuries are sustained through cardiac arrest or by complications administering anesthesia.  About one-third of anoxic brain injuries occurred as the result of an anesthesia accident or cardiac disease.

Another leading cause of anoxic brain damage is asphyxiation.  Drowning or near-drowning accidents are common ways asphyxiation may occur, particularly with children under 15.  Other causes of anoxic brain damage occur as the result of severe chest trauma, electrocution, severe bronchial asthma, and drug overdoses.

Health effects of anoxic brain damage

Anoxic brain damage can have severe and long lasting repercussions.  Persons with anoxic brain damage may have trouble with basic motor functions and coordination, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks.  They may experience quadriparesis, a weakness in all four of their limbs.  Severe headaches, hallucinations, and depression are all associated with anoxic brain damage injuries.

Severe cases of anoxic brain damage may put victims in a coma or near-coma.  While moderate cases of anoxic brain damage have the possibility for a full recovery, most injuries take month of rehabilitation to overcome.  Hospital bills, medical expenses, and patient care can quickly add up and overwhelm families trying to provide for the welfare of a loved one injured with anoxic brain damage.

Helping victims of anoxic brain damage

If you or a loved one has suffered anoxic brain damage as the result of being injured by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, The Cochran Firm, D.C. can help you provide for that person’s care.  We can file a personal injury lawsuit to help recover compensation for hospital bills, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.  We have a team of dedicated and experienced personal injury attorneys ready to fight on your behalf.

We represent our clients on a contingency basis, meaning there are absolutely no legal fees until we win your case.  We offer free case reviews to help you evaluate your situation.  Please call us at 202-682-5800 or fill out a contact form on our website.  There are strict time deadlines when filing an anoxic brain damage lawsuit so please contact us at your earliest convenience in order to preserve your rights.

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