Hypoxia and anoxia are brain injuries that are caused when the brain is deprived of oxygen. Hypoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is partially deprived of oxygen, while anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain in totally deprived of oxygen.
Hypoxia and anoxia can be caused by anything that would deprive the brain of oxygen. Some common causes of oxygen deprivation include:
- Choking or strangulation
- Cardiac arrest
- Head trauma, including head trauma caused by car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, assaults, or other accidents
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Complications in medical procedures such as general anasthesia or childbirth
Prognosis & Recovery: Hypoxia and Anoxia
The prognosis for recovery depends on how long the brain was deprived of oxygen and how complete the oxygen deprivation was. Brain cells are extremely sensitive to oxygen and will begin to die within five minutes of deprivation. For minor hypoxia, in which only a small amount of oxygen is blocked from getting to the brain for only a short time, the injured person may experience dizziness or a short period of unconsciousness. In these cases, the hypoxic brain injury may have a limited long-term effect.
Unfortunately, in more severe cases of hypoxia and for cases of anoxia that do not result in death, the consequences can be extremely severe. Amnesia, personality change, long-term memory loss, and even paralysis or loss of muscle control may develop. In the worst cases, brain death occurs in which the person's vital organs continue to function but with no cognitive activity occurring in the brain.
When hypoxia or anoxia occur as a result of someone else's negligence, the injured person will likely be able to sue the negligent person. Examples include hypoxia that occurs during childbirth as a result of the hospital staff's negligence or hypoxia that occurs during a car accident as a result of a closed head injury. In both of these cases, the injured person would likely be able to sue the person whose negligence caused their brain injury.
Contact Our Michigan Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered from hypoxia or anoxia as a result of an accident, or someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers specialize in recovering settlements for people who have suffered serious injuries. Every case is conducted under our No Fee Promise, which guarantees you will not pay a single cent unless we are able to win your case. There is literally nothing to lose by contacting us. We will listen to your story carefully and explain your options to you. If you have a case, we will begin work on it immediately. You can call us any time of day at (800) 606-1717 or fill out the case review form on the side of this page. We promise, you are in good hands with us.
Remember, however, that there are specific times deadlines that must be adhered to when filing a brain injury lawsuit. If those deadlines pass before you speak with an attorney, your case could be lost forever. Therefore, it is important you contact an attorney right away to go over your case and determine what your best course of action should be.