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Anoxic Brain Injury Cases: The Dangers of Oxygen Deprivation

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on January 19, 2016

An x-ray of a man with a headacheThe lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau are leading legal experts in the Daytona Beach area. They offer expert counsel for serious legal matters, helping the injured and their loved ones in their time of legal need.

Legal help is especially important following a serious brain injury or head trauma accident as these kinds of incidents can be quite life-altering. With that in mind, we want to focus on anoxic brain injuries, which can have a major impact on a person's life and livelihood.

What Is an Anoxic Brain Injury?

An anoxic brain injury refers to cases in which the brain is deprived of oxygen, resulting in damage or death to the brain cells.

There are two kinds of oxygen deprivation injuries, generally: hypoxia and anoxia. Hyopia refers to a deficiency in oxygen, whereas anoxia refers to an absence of oxygen. Both of these can be very harmful, especially when it comes to a person's brain being deprived of oxygen.

Types of Anoxia

There are different kinds of anoxia that may occur. Here are four types to consider.

  • Anemic Anoxia – This form of anoxia occurs when a person's blood is unable to carry enough oxygen to the brain. Even minor oxygen deprivation can lead to gradual effects on the brain over time.

  • Toxic Anoxia – This form of anoxia occurs when toxins in a person's body prevent the proper use of oxygen in a person's blood.

  • Stagnant Anoxia – This form of anoxia refers to systemic/internal conditions that result in poor oxygen circulation.

  • Anoxic Anoxia – This form of anoxia is experienced when a person breathes in air with very little oxygen content.

Common Causes of Anoxic Brain Injury

Some potential causes of various anoxic brain injuries include:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Chronic anemia/iron deficiency
  • Stokes
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Heart attacks
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Low blood pressure
  • Air at high altitudes
  • Drowning
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Tracheal injury

These various causes may be the result of serious physical trauma, medical mistakes and malpractice, physical assaults and altercations, and so forth.

The Effects of Anoxic Brain Injury

The effects of of an anoxic brain injury can be quite severe. Many people who experience this sort of brain injury will be rendered unconscious due to the lack of oxygen, potentially falling into a coma.

Upon regaining consciousness, the person who experienced the anoxic brain injury may notice problems with memory, speech, and vision, as well as other serious cognitive health issues. Problems with coordination and movement are likely as well depending on the extent and nature of the brain damage.

In serious cases of anoxia, a patient may be left in a persistent vegetative state as a result of their brain injury, which means that a person is conscious but totally unresponsive to any stimuli. Such scenarios are absolutely devastating.

How a Brain Injury Attorney Can Help You

If you or someone you love and care about has sustained a brain injury as a result of someone else's negligence, it's of the utmost importance that you speak with a skilled attorney. A legal expert will provide you with invaluable counsel. Our team will fight for damages to cover actual losses and the expenses associated with the tragic injury that has been sustained. We'll handle the complicated legal matters so you and your loved ones can focus on healing and recovery.

Contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau

To learn more about your legal options following a serious brain injury, it's important that you contact our personal injury law firm today. The laywers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau will help you receive just compensation in your time of legal need.

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