There are several different types of brain injuries that range in severity and affect different parts of the brain in various ways. When the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen after a certain amount of time, an anoxic brain injury may result. This is a type of acquired brain injury, and may also sometimes be referred to as a hypoxic brain injury, or cerebral hypoxia. This usually occurs when the brain is depleted of oxygen for at least five minutes, and because there isn’t a way for any oxygen to reach the body’s tissues as a result, it is typically a life-threatening condition.
Many other types of serious brain injuries involve a blow to the head in a traumatic accident, such as a serious fall. However, because anoxic brain injuries are the result of oxygen depletion, their causes are different. Some of the different causes of anoxic brain injuries include:
- Near drowning
- Assault and violence, such as strangulation
- Carbon monoxide inhalation
- Electrical shock
The Family Caregiver Alliance also presented anoxic brain injury statistics based on a one-year study, which revealed some of the following to be the causes of anoxic brain injuries during that specific timeframe: asphyxia, typically resulting from near-drownings and attempted suicides (16 percent), chest trauma (10 percent), electrocution (6.5 percent), severe bronchial asthma (3 percent), and barbiturate poisoning (3 percent).
In minor cases of anoxic brain injuries, permanent and serious disabilities can result. In moderate to severe cases, victims may be comatose or die from the extent of their injuries. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that the longer someone is unconscious, the more unlikely they are to recover or ever wake up. Someone with an anoxic brain injury may be in a coma for at least several hours, or days, before dying from their injuries.
If the negligence of another resulted in the death of your loved one due to an anoxic brain injury, you may be facing a wide range of emotions. It’s likely you want to seek justice for your loved one by pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. Not only can a wrongful death settlement get you the justice that you and your family deserve, but it can also provide you with the monetary compensation you need to take care of unexpected expenses, such as funeral costs and accumulating bills. After dealing with the death of a loved one, the last thing families want in this type of situation is to deal with even more stress. Although the money is meant to help alleviate financial burdens in these tragic situations, there is no telling exactly when a lawsuit will settle and when families will receive monetary compensation, which can just add more stress to an already difficult situation.
Alternatively, you may not have lost a loved one to an anoxic brain injury, but you are still caring for someone who sustained this type of injury. There is often a long road to recovery for anoxic brain injury survivors, and their lives are usually changed forever. It may take months, or even years, to make minor progress. This takes a toll both emotionally and financially, as your family now may be facing a tremendous amount of medical bills and other expenses. Although you may be already working with a personal injury attorney, just like with a wrongful death lawsuit, the entire process can be long and unpredictable.
If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury and are currently waiting on a lawsuit to settle, we can help bridge that waiting period gap and provide you with money through pre-settlement funding. Contact us today for more information.