Not all brain injuries are TBIs that result from jolts to the head. Some brain injuries result from a lack of oxygen to the brain. They are called hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries, and they can sometimes result in legal claims if a careless or negligent party’s actions caused the injury.
Hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries disrupt the flow of oxygen to the brain. They cause injuries because the brain must have a constant flow of oxygen for to work normally. When the flow is disrupted, the brain cannot perform vital biochemical process, resulting in severe impairments. Hypoxic a partial lack of oxygen and anoxic means a total lack of oxygen. The more serious the deprivation of oxygen, the more likely the brain will suffer severe harm.
Hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries can result in serious impairments in cognitive skills, physical and mental functioning. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the condition usually starts with an initial loss of consciousness or coma. In some cases a person may then transition to a persistent vegetative state, in which he or she is neither comatose nor responsive to the outside world.
Even after an injury victim recovers consciousness, he or she may still suffer debilitating symptoms, such as short-term memory loss, difficulty with words, lack of coordination and weakness in arms and legs. While recovery can occur from these injuries, it may depend on the part of the brain affected by the lack of oxygen.
Brain injuries due to oxygen deprivation can occur from many types of accidents, including swimming pool accidents, industrial accidents, strangulation from defectively designed clothing or products, and birth injuries. When the accident happened due to the negligence or carelessness of another, the injured person may be able to obtain compensation through a legal claim.
Source: Family Caregiver Alliance, “Hypoxic-Anoxic Brain Injury”
- Our law firm represents clients in the Los Angeles area who have suffered brain injuries due to the negligence of others. For more information, visit our page on oxygen deprivation.