Hypoxic injuries can occur following a head injury, an accident, or as a result of medical malpractice. When the brain is deprived of oxygen for a significant period of time debilitating conditions occur and can last a lifetime. If you’ve experienced a hypoxic injury through no fault of your own you may be entitled to compensation. Read on for information about hypoxia and how a hypoxia lawyer from Wilt & Associates, PLLC, can help you seek the justice you deserve.
How Are Hypoxic Brain Injuries Diagnosed?
A hypoxic brain injury occurs when your brain is deprived of oxygen for a lengthy period of time. Your body will compensate for oxygen deprivation for a period by increasing blood flow to the brain, but if oxygen isn’t restored quickly short-term and long-term complications will arise as your brain begins to suffocate. Common issues following hypoxia can manifest in the form of sensory changes or mobility issues, and can occur in a matter of minutes.
If you or a loved one suspect a hypoxic brain injury, a medical professional may perform neurological tests to diagnose any potential brain injury. Tests may include a battery of MRI scans, CT scans, and Ultrasound scans to reach an accurate diagnosis. This can be a traumatic process for the victim, and a lawyer will consult with the medical professionals caring for you to gather evidence of the trauma inflicted. This is especially important if you feel the injury may have been caused by medical malpractice.
What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Hypoxia?
It’s important to seek medical attention following an accident to determine if you’ve suffered an injury. Hypoxic injuries aren’t always immediately obvious, and can be caused by internal bleeding following a simple slip-and-fall, damage to your windpipe caused in a car accident, or even oxygen starvation due to smoke or chemical inhalation as the result of poor maintenance in your rental housing. Seeking aid from a lawyer will help you determine whether your accident was caused by another party’s negligence and whether you’re owed compensation as a result.
Irreversible brain cell damage can be done within five minutes of oxygen deprivation. Any damage sustained as a result can manifest in the form of mood swings, impaired judgment, inattentiveness, and loss of coordination, symptoms which may not immediately present as being caused by a brain injury. More severe symptoms include unresponsiveness, ceasing to breathe, and loss of awareness, so no matter the severity of the symptoms you should seek immediate medical attention.
Potential treatments for Hypoxia include brain cooling, oxygen therapy, and medication. Victims may require rehabilitation, and some may sustain life-changing injuries with little option for treatment. Your lawyer will work with you to assess short-term and long-term implications to calculate the amount of compensation you’ll pursue as damages.
How Long Can a Hypoxia Settlement Take?
Hypoxia cases are often long and complicated, given they can involve a litany of loss and hardship to assess and evaluate. Your lawyer will gather the evidence available to ascertain who was at fault in your accident and build a case to reach a settlement that accurately reflects the caliber of your injury, loss, and hardship.
Some of these factors are easier to quantify than others, and statements from you and your family may help substantiate the more intangible factors such as emotional trauma and behavioral changes. Your lawyer will guide you through this process and make sure you have as much evidence as possible before seeking a settlement.
Find A Hypoxia Lawyer in Kentucky
If you’ve suffered a hypoxic brain injury due to the negligence of another party, get in touch with our team at Wilt & Associates, PLLC, today. We’re happy to provide a free consultation to victims in need, schedule yours today by calling 502-253-9110 or by leaving a message on our contact form. We’re here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.