Medical Negligence and Anoxic Brain Injury

Post 1 of 33

Anoxic brain injury is a condition described as total lack of oxygen to the brain, and it can have grave consequences because in just a few minutes of deprivation, the brain cells start to die and damage occurs. In just a few minutes without oxygen, permanent brain injury can take place, leaving the patient in a coma, or without important brain functions like speaking or controlling the limbs. Unfortunately, this horrible condition can sometimes happen because of medical negligence, either on the part of the doctor or the hospital staff.

Anoxic Brain Injury Anoxic Brain Injury picture

Medical negligence happens when a patient suffers injury or damage that could have been avoided, but which were caused by inattention or incompetence on the part of a professional. Here are some common causes of medical negligence which can lead to anoxic brain injury:

  • misdiagnosis, delay in diagnosis or failure to diagnose;
  • birth injuries resulting from improper delivery procedures or negligent prenatal care;
  • surgical errors;
  • errors that cause cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest;
  • anesthesia errors;
  • hospital errors;
  • emergency room errors;
  • medication or treatment errors.

Even if the patient doesn’t die, suffering from anoxic brain injury can severely affect one’s quality of life, not to mention other physical and mental injuries that occur. The extended costs of treatment, extra costs for medical bills, for re-learning skills, for losing income or a job, for physical suffering and emotional distress, and many others. All these and more are reasons for which you can claim compensation. To put things even more in perspective, here are some of the symptoms of anoxic brain injury in the patient doesn’t die:

  • short-term memory loss;
  • cognitive problems;
  • difficulty speaking, finding the right words and communicating;
  • lack of coordination;
  • poor judgement;
  • difficulties in processing information and reasoning;
  • inability of perform common tasks;
  • loss of consciousness;
  • prolonged coma;
  • headaches;
  • loss of limb control;
Anoxic Brain Injury Anoxic Brain Injury picture

Like we said, these are only just part of the symptoms that a patient can suffer after anoxic brain injury, so when this occurs from medical negligence, matters become even more delicate. The thing that you have to do is hire a law firm, and consult a medical negligence solicitor about the steps you have to take in order to be compensated and receive an explanation about what you suffered. Many aspects of a person’s life are seriously affected by these kinds of injuries, and even though they are not very common, each and every one of them deserves attention and justice.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,