What Is An Anoxic Brain Injury?

by Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC on March 12, 2010

in Buffalo Brain & Head Injury Issues

Here in Buffalo, most lawsuits involving brain injuries arise from blows to the head or sudden acceleration/deceleration leading to brain damage.  Occasionally, however, an individual may suffer an anoxic brain injury. 

An anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen for a significant time. This occurs in incidences of, for example, drowning, choking, or strangulation. This lack of oxygen over an extended period of time results in brain cells dying.

Anoxic brain injury may occur even if an individual has not lost consciousness, and its effects may be permanent.  While this type of injury may not initially seem as serious as a blow to the head leading to a fracture, concussion or even a coma, it still may have lifelong consequences for the individual who suffered the injury. 

Although this type of injury may be more difficult to prove than other types of head injuries, an individual who has suffered an anoxic brain injury as a result of another’s negligence is entitled to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.  If you or someone you know has suffered such an injury, you should consider consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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