Maryland Hypoxic Brain Injuries

If you have suffered any kind of brain injury, hypoxic or otherwise and you believe that someone else may be responsible then you should hire an attorney who will be able to fight for you to pursue a cause of action against the wrongful party. Call today to schedule a consultation with a Maryland traumatic brain injury lawyer and begin filing your claim.

Common Ways Hypoxic Brain Injuries Occur

Hypoxic injuries are determined by a lack of blood flow or lack of oxygen to the brain.  This can include any kind of injury to the head such as:

  • A fall,
  • Drowning or a suffocation
  • A near drowning or near suffocation

Anything that causes  loss of consciousness to occur for any bit of extended period of time such as even a couple of minutes can cause a hypoxic brain injury.

Seriousness of Hypoxic Brain Injuries

Anything that causes severe brain injury can cause a significant impact to someone’s life.  If you have a severe brain injury, then you could potentially lose your motor skills, your problem solving skills, your thinking skills, and your analytical skills. These types of injuries could also cause cognitive deficits, speech deficits, cognitive impairments, problem solving skills, a host of other problems that could change your life as you know it.

One of the things an injury like this can do is rob you of your independence and your ability to live the life that you want on your terms. Having to depend on others for things that you were once able to do on your own is a frustrating experience. When you are dependent on people to feed you, help you get dressed, go to the bathroom, drive a car.  You might also not be able to carry on conversations with other people like you used to.  You can even be paralyzed as either quadriplegic or paraplegic depending on the extent of the brain injury.

Treatment Options Available For Hypoxic Brain Injuries

There are several treatment options to help a person recover from a hypoxic brain injury. Each of these treatments depends on the severity of the injury. Some of the most common treatments are cutting a hole in the skull or what is commonly referred to as a “window” to alleviate pressure on the brain, taking diuretic medicines to release the fluid or the tissue level in the brain if the brain is swollen due to lack of oxygen.  You could also be put into a medically-induced coma to see if the brain will revive itself, or the doctors can do surgery to increase the flow of oxygen.

What Needs To Be Proven in a Hypoxic Brain Injury Case

You need to show that the person whoever it is that’s responsible or that you claim is responsible was the only person responsible for whatever it was that caused the accident.  You would need to show that the other person’s bad actions were the direct cause for your injuries. In a situation for a slip and fall which resulting in you hitting your head and causing a brain injury, you would need to show that they were somehow negligent in maintaining their property and that said negligence was the cause of your injuries.

You’d also need to show that whatever defect you’re claiming caused your injury. You would need to show that they either had constructive or actual notice of the claimed defect. Constructive notice means that the condition existed for a long enough period of time that if someone conducted regular inspections of the property they would have seen the defect and done something about it they would have found it and remedy the same. If they had actual notice of the defective conditions such that they or their employees or an agent knew of the specific defect which caused them to fall.  This only relates to a slip and fall in any other case you would still need to prove that someone was negligent, that you were not negligent and that their negligence directly and proximately caused the injuries that you are claiming.

Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer in a Hypoxic Brain Injury Case

You would have to show that the injury that you suffered is related to whatever wrongdoing someone else caused you to have.  For example, if it’s a car accident, you need to show that the person was 100% at fault and that you are 0% at fault for this.  You would also need to show a causal connection between the injuries that you’re alleging to the bad act of the other people involved.