Anoxia and hypoxia are two serious brain injuries that can result in permanent paralysis and even death. These two brain medical conditions can be acquired in various ways. Some of the most common causes of anoxia and hypoxia include severe injury to the brain, birth injury, surgical errors, traumatic injuries, anesthesia errors, or exposure to chemical toxins. Regardless of what caused you to suffer either of the two serious brain conditions, you should immediately consult with an attorney if the condition was the result of the negligence of another party.
The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have more than 30 years of experience representing clients who have suffered serious brain injuries, such as hypoxia or anoxia, or died as the result of medical malpractice involving the healthcare professionals’ failure to diagnose. Our experienced and knowledgeable legal team in New York treats each client with the compassion and respect they deserve in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to. We have helped our clients successfully recover damages in many different types of medical malpractice cases.
Hypoxia is a general medical term for any situation in which a part of the body is denied oxygen for a prolonged period of time. By depriving organs or organ systems of much-needed oxygen, these parts malfunction or cease working all together.
Anoxia is the total or complete deprivation of oxygen to the brain. When the brain is totally deprived of oxygen, it results in a domino effect that can ultimately result in serious problems throughout the entire body. Oxygen is used for the metabolism of glucose, providing energy for cells. When the brain is completely deprived of oxygen, it will result in emotional and neurological thinking impairments.
If you experienced hypoxia at the hands of a medical professional, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and suffering. Contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to get started on your claim.
Hypoxia can be caused by a number of medical procedures and practices. Inadequate ventilation or respiratory arrest during or following surgery is a leading cause of hypoxia in patients. Other causes for this condition include:
Although the signs and symptoms of hypoxia vary in each person, symptoms that are common in most victims include:
Treatment for hypoxia and anoxia depends on the extent of tissue damage, the amount of oxygen the brain was deprived of, and the patient’s bodily conditions. If you or someone else suffers from hypoxia or anoxia as a result of the negligent actions of a healthcare professional, you should immediately consult with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation.
The complications of a hypoxic during childbirth can be detrimental to the child and result in serious medical conditions. One of the most common reasons why children suffer hypoxia during childbirth is not receiving adequate oxygen while traveling through the birth canal. This can result from a damaged placenta, a tangled umbilical cord, or infection during the birthing process or while in vitro.
In most cases, the danger of a hypoxic event can be significantly reduced if an attentive doctor takes quick evasive action to avoid the injury. If the healthcare professionals detect these dangerous conditions in advance and take actions to prevent them, the risk of a hypoxic event is significantly reduced.
If a child or adult suffers from the signs of hypoxia, the first step is to resuscitate and stabilize the flow of oxygen. Once the individual has started to breathe again, treatment may include hypo or hyperthermia, fluid management, and ensuring there continues to be adequate ventilation. More recently, cooling therapy is also popularly administered as an effective treatment. This treatment option involves using a plastic blanket that circulates cool water inside it. The individual is generally wrapped with this blanket for less than three days. The effects are to slow the swelling of the brain down, which could otherwise result in permanent brain damage.
If the hypoxia progresses into a permanent brain injury, the treatment options will be significantly more conservative and focused on a combination of medicine and long term therapy. There is no cure for hypoxia. Victims can only treat the symptoms and must adapt to this lifelong process. Costs for treating hypoxia and anoxia can be seriously expensive. In addition to care for the injured individual, the entire family may also need some sort of therapy to deal with the effects of the medical condition for their loved one. This is why it is important for those who have suffered hypoxia or anoxia to immediately consult with an attorney.
The Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C.
After suffering such a traumatic experience or watching your child or loved one experience a serious event that results in hypoxia or anoxia, you may not even want to think about your legal options. While such serious medical conditions will impact all parts of your life and the lives of your entire family, the law does provide you with legal course to help you seek justice against the parties responsible for your injuries.
The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have over 30 years of experience in pursuing justice on behalf of individuals harmed by medical malpractice. Our legal team will take every step necessary to secure not only financial compensation but also accountability and justice.
If you or a loved one has suffered from hypoxia or anoxia, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced attorneys in New York, please call us at 1-800-529-9997 or fill out a New York Personal Injury Case Consultation form. We handle personal injury cases in New York and New Jersey.