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Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Damage

Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Damage are some of the most common causes of lasting traumatic brain injuries. Lifelong brain injury is frequently the result of the brain not receiving sufficient amounts of oxygen. This can happen in swimming pool accidents as a result of medical negligence, birth injury, negligent landlords causing carbon monoxide poisoning, brain injuries caused in automobile and truck accidents, and injuries occurring on construction sites.

Shana De Caro, Esq., Treasurer, Traumatic<br />
Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association for Justice, presenting endowment check to Brain Injury Association of America

Shana De Caro, Esq., Treasurer, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association for Justice, presenting endowment check to Brain Injury Association of America

What is cerebral anoxia and cerebral hypoxia?

Anoxia and hypoxia are both terms that refer to the lack of oxygen to the brain. Many times these terms are used interchangeably. It is a matter of degree with anoxia referring to brain damage caused by a total lack of oxygen to the brain and hypoxia referring to a decrease or limited amount of oxygen reaching the brain.

What are the causes of anoxic brain trauma & hypoxic brain damage?

Anoxic brain injury as well as hypoxic brain injury can be can be caused by brain trauma as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning, choking, suffocation, head trauma, severe bleeding, drops in blood pressure and stroke.

Anesthesia errors and other surgical errors are also frequently causes of diminished blood supply to the brain resulting in anoxic brain damage. Brain damage as a result of lack of oxygen is also seen in newborns, frequently as a result of medical negligence in the delivery of the baby.

Signs and Symptoms of Anoxic and Hypoxic Traumatic Brain Injury

Each traumatic brain injury is unique – no one symptom is common to all victims. Symptoms of hypoxic brain damage as well as anoxic brain damage depend on the degree of oxygenation deprivation and the length of time that the brain has been deprived of oxygen.

Frequently individuals will be inattentive, will suffer from poor judgment, and will have memory loss and poor motor coordination. If the lack of oxygen to the brain lasts for several minutes, an individual’s brain cells will begin to die resulting in permanent brain damage, coma, seizures or even death.

What is the treatment for anoxia and hypoxia?

The treatment for anoxia and hypoxia involves restoring an individual’s blood pressure and the supply of oxygen to the brain. It may also involve blood transfusions, administration of oxygen and medication to control seizure activity.

How much brain damage takes place following cerebral anoxia and cerebral hypoxia?

The extent of brain damage depends on how long the brain was deprived of oxygen. It is well known that it only takes a few minutes of oxygen deprivation for brain cells to begin to die.

The longer the brain has been starved from receiving necessary oxygen, the greater the degree of injury to the brain or chance of coma or death. Persons who recover from oxygen loss frequently have memory loss, personality changes, behavior changes, amnesia, hallucinations and muscle damage.

Unfortunately, where there has been significant oxygen loss, the brain is severely damaged resulting in coma. Since the brain damage is extremely severe, the prospects for a good recovery are very limited.

Contact New York Brain Injury Experts

New York brain injury experts at the acclaimed brain injury law firm® of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP are experienced in representing individuals and their families for the long lasting brain damage that may occur when the brain is deprived of needed oxygen.

Our brain injury lawyers have successfully handled cases of anoxic and hypoxic brain damage caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning, and head trauma. We have successfully represented individuals whose coma and life lasting brain injury resulted from a lack of oxygen as a result of medical malpractice, including anesthesia malpractice, obstetric malpractice, and surgical malpractice.

Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation

New York brain injury lawyers Michael Kaplen and Shana De Caro will review the facts of your accident and the brain damage sustained without charge or obligation. If they can assist you they will provide legal representation on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they are only owed an attorney fee at the conclusion of the case if they are successful.

Contact them toll free at 1 866 BRAIN LAW to discuss the brain damage caused to your loved on or yourself as a result of an accident, carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning or medical malpractice.

 


Our Credentials

Michael Kaplen

Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School

Past Chair
New York State Traumatic
Brain Injury Coordinating Council

President
American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys

Vice President
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

3 Term President
Brain Injury Association of
New York State

Past Chair
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation
Group: American Association
For Justice

Past Chair
Motor Vehicle, Highway, Premises
Liability Section: American Association
For Justice

National Advisory Board
Association of Interstate
Trucking Lawyers of America

Past Co-Chair
Tort Section, New York County
Lawyers Association

Board of Directors
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Board of Governors, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Board of Directors
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Editorial Board
Neurolaw Letter

Board Certified
Civil Trial Advocate
National Board of Trial Advocacy*

Board Certified
American Board of Professional
Liability Attorneys
Medical Liability*

Sustaining Member:
American Association for Justice
Public Justice Foundation

Member:
N.Y.S. Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
Southern Trial Lawyers
Association-Fellow
North American Brain Injury Association

Graduate of Marquette University, College of Health Sciences, in Neuro Anatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord

Honors & Awards:

New York Super Lawyer
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Top 100 New York Trial Lawyers -
American Trial Lawyer Association

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Public Achievement Award

Board of Trustees, Melvin M. Belli Society

Shana DeCaro

1st Vice President
American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys

Treasurer
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group: American Association for Justice

Board of Trustees, Secretary
Civil Justice Foundation

Board of Directors
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Fellow
American Association for Justice

Fellow
Melvin M. Belli Society

Editor
Law Update
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Amicus Counsel
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Honors and Awards

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Public Achievement Award

President’s Award
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Who’s Who in American Women

Who’s Who in American Law

Top 100 New York Trial Lawyers-American Trial Lawyers Association

Elite Lawyers Of America

Graduate of Marquette University, College of Health Sciences, in Neuro Anatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord

Member:

New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Brain Injury Association New York State

North American Brain Injury Association

Member:
Nursing Home Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Brain Trauma Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

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New York State
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States Federal District Courts:
Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
United States Tax Court
United States Court of International Trade

 

* The National Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys are not affiliated with any government authority. Certification is not a requirement for the practice of law in the State of New York and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law.