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Michigan Brain Hypoxia Attorney

When the oxygen supply to the brain is cut off or restricted, it can result in serious injury, permanent disability, and even death. However, the condition, known as brain hypoxia, is often the result of medical negligence or preventable accidents.

If your loved one is suffering from the effects of brain hypoxia, you are not alone. The Grand Rapids injury attorneys and medical experts at the Buchanan firm can help. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

What is Brain Hypoxia?

Brain hypoxia is a serious condition in which a person does not receive adequate levels of oxygen to his or her brain. When the brain does not receive enough oxygen for extended periods of time and the flow of oxygen becomes inconsistent, the brain cells struggle to function properly.

Brain hypoxia can lead to:

  • Cognitive disorders (like temporary memory loss)
  • Weakened limbs
  • Seizures
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Coma

The effects of brain hypoxia depend on the severity of the injury and how quickly the condition is identified and treated. Immediate treatment can greatly diminish the risk of permanent or severe brain damage. The longer the oxygen deficit exists, the more severe the consequences become. Even after treatment is administered, proper and constant monitoring is vital in the recovery process. Brain hypoxia can even result in the development of cerebral palsy. If this is the case, reach out to our Michigan cerebral palsy lawyers today.

What Can Cause Brain Hypoxia and Who is Liable?

Possible causes of brain hypoxia include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Stroke
  • Medical negligence such as anesthesia errors during surgery
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • High altitudes
  • Medical conditions, like asthma attacks, that complicate breathing
  • Drowning
  • Strangulation
  • Choking
  • Brain injury
  • If a baby does not receive enough oxygen before, during, or after delivery

While there are many causes, brain hypoxia cases are most often a result of medical negligence and traumatic injuries. Medical negligence can occur during or after surgery, during prenatal care or delivery of the baby, or during the prescription stage. A common example of medical negligence is anesthesia errors.

An anesthesiologist’s main responsibility is to monitor a patient’s health during surgery and to ensure that the patient is responding the way he or she should be. If an anesthesiologist is not properly monitoring a patient’s blood flow to the brain during or after surgery and fails to notice that the patient is receiving inadequate oxygen, he or she can be held liable for medical negligence. 

Because the repercussions for the patient are so serious, cases of medical negligence can involve compensation for economic losses such as medical bills, as well as pain and suffering damages.

Count on a Buchanan Firm Attorney

At Buchanan Firm, our Michigan med mal lawyers understand how serious and distressing the effects of brain hypoxia can be on the victim and the victim’s family, and we want to make sure you are supported with care and compassion, as much as aggressive advocacy. With the expertise and resources of our on-staff medical team and attorneys, we can help you with your long-term recovery and receive the maximum compensation for your injury. For a free consultation and immediate answers, call Buchanan Firm at (800) 272 – 4080.