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Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Injuries

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Anoxic and hypoxic brain injuries can occur after accidents, head injuries, and medical malpractice. Both can result in long term life-altering complications.

No matter the cause of your brain injury, Thomas J. Henry Law has the resources necessary to prove your claim. Call now for your free consultation.

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What are Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Injuries

Cerebral hypoxia occurs when the brain does not receive a sufficient amount of oxygen. Without a constant supply of oxygen, the brain ceases to function properly. Cerebral anoxia occurs when the oxygen flow to the brain is completely stopped. Brain cells can begin to die in under five minutes after the oxygen supply is cut. Severe brain damage, coma, and death oftentimes follow cerebral anoxia and hypoxia. The extent of brain damage generally depends on the length of time that the brain went without a sufficient supply of oxygen.

What Causes Hypoxic and Anoxic Brain Injuries?

Anoxic and hypoxic brain injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents, including:

  • Automobile accidents (crushed windpipe)
  • On the job accidents (breathing in smoke or carbon monoxide, electrocution)
  • Unsafe premises (slip and fall injuries)
  • Medical malpractice (anesthesia complications, ventilator problems, feeding errors)

Understanding the Symptoms of a Hypoxic Brain Injury

Individuals suffering from a hypoxic brain injury may exhibit severe signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Poor judgment
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Seizures
  • Mood swings or personality changes
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Unawareness
  • Lack of breathing
  • No response of the pupils to light

Oxygen supply must be restored as soon as possible to reduce the risk of a severe brain injury or death. These injuries can be treated in a variety of ways, including, oxygen therapy, medications, and cooling of the brain. Years of rehabilitation may be required following a traumatic brain injury like anoxia or hypoxia.

Brain Injuries Caused by Ventilators

Patients with medical problems that make it difficult to breathe are often put on a ventilator. Ventilators can help a patient with breathing or control breathing completely for the patient. Unfortunately, if a problem arises with the ventilator, the patient can suffer severe injuries, such as an anoxic or hypoxic brain injury.

In 2002, The Joint Commission released a report regarding 23 ventilator-related deaths and comas, in which 65 percent were related to the malfunction or misuse of an alarm. Errors involving a ventilator could be a sign of medical negligence and malpractice.

Contact an Experienced Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one suffered from an anoxic or hypoxic brain injury, contact Thomas J. Henry. These injuries leave individuals with severe injuries that could take years to fully rehabilitate. If the injury was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to collect damages including pain and suffering, medical bills, future medical costs, lost wages, and more. Sadly, in some cases, these brain injuries lead to permanent coma or death. If your loved one passed away due to the negligence of a healthcare provider or a mishap involving a ventilator, call us today for a free legal consultation.

Our experienced medical malpractice and brain injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to help you with your case. We have law offices located in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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Your Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Injury Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following an anoxic or hypoxic brain injury, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

There are a multitude of different types of expert witnesses, from doctors to accident reconstructionists, all playing a unique role in personal injury litigation. However, most expert witnesses fall into two categories: consulting expert and testifying expert.

Consulting experts, help explain and clarify facts so that your attorney can better understand a situation. In a trucking accident, a consulting expert may be called to provide professional insight on the intricacies of trucking regulations, which can vary by state.

While a consulting expert typically does not testify in open court, the information they provide can play a vital role in supporting your trucking accident claim.

A testifying expert is someone who will deliver testimony in the courtroom. This requires that they not only posses special expertise, but also an ability to deliver complicated information in a manner that is easily understood.

Some expert witnesses will fill both of these duties during the course of a lawsuit, consulting with your attorney privately as the facts of your case are gathered and then presenting any relevant information to the judge or jury.

An expert witness, also known as a judicial expert, is an additional witness who has expertise and specialized knowledge in a particular subject that is beyond what an average person may have.

Expert witnesses can be called upon to offer their expert opinion to the court or to refute inaccurate testimony given by the defense. Because of their expertise and high ethical standards, testimony from an expert witness can go a long way in proving your trucking injury claim.

In Texas, pain and suffering is a type of damage available in a personal injury claim, such as in an auto accident case. Pain and suffering addresses the physical and mental trauma that a person experienced in an accident, in the aftermath of the accident, and during any medical procedures that were needed as a result. In many auto accident cases, establishing significant pain and suffering is one of the most important pieces of a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

Catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, cause tremendous pain and suffering. Auto accidents oftentimes leave victims with severe, long-lasting and debilitating physical injuries that can also lead to mental and emotional injuries. In these cases, pain and suffering (physically and mentally) is often easy to recognize. However, the amount awarded for pain and suffering is ultimately left up to a jury’s decision.

In order to successfully show the extent of an injured victim’s pain and suffering, it is imperative to have thorough and exhaustive documentation of medical treatments and therapies from physicians, surgeons, nurses, and psychologists. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with this process and also help with presenting your case clearly and convincingly before a jury.

During your initial meeting with an injury attorney, you will be asked many questions regarding the accident and the injuries you sustained. You should also be prepared to ask the attorney questions of your own. It can be helpful to create a list of questions you have for the attorney prior to the meeting so you don’t forget anything when you get there.

Important questions to ask your prospective accident attorney include:

  • How long have you been practicing law in this practice area?
  • What is your track record of succeeding in these cases?
  • Do you have trial experience?
  • How much will it cost to hire you?

One of the most important questions to ask your lawyer is how they charge for services and if a consultation costs you anything upfront. Our firm offers free case reviews and charges on a contingency basis.

Before your meeting, gather all of the evidence you collected from the accident and anything that may be related to your injuries, such as:

  • Photographs of the accident scene, damage to your car and other vehicles involved, your injuries, or anything else pertaining to the incident
  • Copy of a police report or accident report
  • List of names, phone numbers, or addresses of witnesses you spoke with at the scene
  • Medical records

If you received medical attention after your accident, bring any records or documents showing the procedures or treatment you had completed, the names and contact information of the doctors or medical professionals you saw, what future treatment may be recommended, and the costs associated with your care. In addition, bring medical and auto insurance information with you, if you have them.

Other documents that you may have that you should bring to your first meeting with a lawyer include:

  • Letters or emails you received from your insurer or the other driver’s insurer
  • Name and phone number of the at-fault driver from the accident (and their insurance company’s information)
  • Contact information of any insurance company or claims adjusters that you have spoken with
  • Receipts of anything you purchased to remedy an injury or repair due to the accident

In general, bring any evidence, documents, or information related to your injuries and the accident with you to your initial consultation with your attorney. The more information you bring, the quicker and easier your lawyer can evaluate your case and provide you with the next steps to take. To keep the documents organized and to avoid losing anything, keep all of these in an envelope or folder that you can then bring with you to the law office (or wherever you meet your attorney).

If an insurance company offers you a check right away, do not sign it. When an insurance company seems overly eager to settle a claim, it is because they are trying to limit their liability or they are trying to beat out future damages that have yet to be identified. As such, many checks will include release language benefiting the insurer.

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