Understanding Hypoxic-Anoxic Brain Injuries

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Many people assume that the majority of brain injuries are caused by blunt force or trauma from an external factor. However, many long-lasting injuries are the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain. If your brain has not received oxygen for a significant period of time, then both cognitive and physical impairments can occur. These impairments are typically the result of a partial lack of oxygen (hypoxic) or a total lack of oxygen (anoxic). A hypoxic-anoxic injury (HAI) can be caused by the inhalation of dangerous fumes, a stroke or even an electrical shock. Complications during childbirth can also result in a baby suffering a hypoxic-anoxic injury. The newborn will face a lifetime of difficulty because of impairments or disabilities, such as cerebral palsy. After suffering a brain injury, our attorneys will help you determine if a negligent party contributed to your current condition.

At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., we have experience handling a variety of brain injury cases. Our attorneys and experts can differentiate between the inherent risk of medical procedures and negligent conduct. You may suffer a hypoxic-anoxic injury and suspect that medical malpractice played a significant role. We will investigate the medical care and determine whether medical malpractice caused your injury. It is important to know that our attorneys will stand up for you when difficult moments arise. We will give you the legal guidance you and your family need after you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury. Our Philadelphia brain injury attorneys will do everything we can to help you obtain the best possible legal outcome.

What Are Common Medical Errors Responsible for Hypoxic-Anoxic Brain Injuries?

While hospital negligence is often difficult to spot, there are certain medical errors primarily responsible for hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries. They include:

  • Anesthesia complicationsAlthough administering anesthesia is a common medical practice, mistakes occur all of the time. Esophageal intubation, improper placement of the tube and failing to monitor a patient’s condition can all cause severe brain injuries.
  • Birth injuriesIf a medical professional fails to monitor an infant’s condition or positioning at birth, then severe brain injuries can occur. Hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries can result in an infant developing cerebral palsy or other permanent developmental issues.
  • Inadequate monitoring. After a surgical procedure, nurses and other medical professionals are supposed to consistently monitor a patient’s condition. Failing to do so can lead to severe brain trauma. Also, failing to place a patient in a telemetry unit or ICU can cause a delay of necessary care which could lead to severe brain injury.
  • Medication errorsThe improper administration of drugs can cause you to experience a stroke or seizure, resulting in a brain injury. A nurse could give you a contraindicated drug or accidentally up your dosage, forcing your body into shock.
  • Misdiagnosed heart attack or stroke. If your doctor does not properly diagnose a heart attack or stroke, then you could experience a hypoxic-anoxic brain injury. Your blood flow could be interrupted, causing permanent damage to your brain.
  • Pulmonary embolism. A misdiagnosis or delay of diagnosis of a pulmonary embolism can result in a hypoxic brain injury or wrongful death. The early detection of a pulmonary embolism could be the difference between a full recovery and permanent brain damage.
  • Surgical errorsCertain surgical errors can result in a hypoxic-anoxic brain injury. For example, post-surgical infections can cause a myriad of side effects including severe brain damage.

How Is Negligence Determined in a Pennsylvania Brain Injury Claim?

Although brain injuries are incredibly traumatic, they are still treated as personal injuries in the legal system. A brain injury can be caused by the intentional misconduct or negligence of another person. To demonstrate negligence in a brain injury case, you must first prove that you were owed a duty of care. Secondly, you must prove that the defendant failed to adhere to that duty of care. You must then show that your brain injury was a direct result of that person’s negligent behavior. Finally, you must prove that there were losses incurred because of your brain injury. This will allow you to collect damages from the defendant. Our attorneys will investigate the incident and help you determine whether negligence was a cause of your brain injury.

After establishing negligence, you will need to calculate the amount of awarded damages you wish to receive. In order to do this, you should know the difference between economic and non-economic damages. If you can provide concrete evidence showing your losses, then they qualify as economic damages. An example of economic damages would be any medical costs you incurred from brain injury treatment. Anything that cannot be assigned a dollar value is classified as non-economic damages. An example of non-economic damages would be any emotional or physical trauma that you suffered because of your brain injury. At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., we can help you assign a dollar value to your non-economic damages. Our attorneys have experience handling brain injury cases and will work tirelessly to obtain justice for you and your family. .

Hypoxic-Anoxic Brain Injury? Contact Our Philadelphia Brain Injury Attorneys Today

Even though brain injuries can cause severe long-term damage, proving negligence in a brain injury case is a difficult task. Our Philadelphia brain injury attorneys are skilled at gathering evidence in intense environments. We will work tirelessly to obtain the documentation you need to prove negligence and receive compensation for your injuries.

If you are suffering from a hypoxic-anoxic brain injury, then you should contact Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., today at (866) 569-3400 and schedule a consultation. You can also contact us online and send us a message about your case. We promise to look over your information and answer any questions that you may have.