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Lack of Oxygen can Result in Serious Brain Damage

Chicago Lawyers: Cerebral Anoxia, Hypoxia

Every cell in the body needs oxygen to survive and function. When the brain does not receive adequate oxygen, permanent brain damage or death may result.

Cerebral Anoxia

Cerebral anoxia is the medical term for the total lack of oxygen delivery to the brain. Hypoxic brain injury occurs when the brain receives an inadequate oxygen supply.

While some organs of the body can survive without oxygen for up to 30 minutes, the brain cannot tolerate more than a few minutes of oxygen deprivation without causing irreversible brain damage.

Cerebral anoxia is can have many originating causes including:

  • Stroke
  • Blood clots
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Drowning or near drowning
  • Strangling
  • Choking
  • Suffocation
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Medical malpractice
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birth injury: process, labor and delivery
  • Low blood pressure

The lifetime costs of a brain injury can run into millions of dollars. When dealing with an injury this complex, it is important to select a law firm that has the experience, knowledge and resources to achieve the desired result.

Planning for the Future

Our attorneys will work with certified life care planners, economists and other experts to determine the lifetime effects of the brain injury. Damages may include ongoing medical care, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and reduced future earning capacity. Nursing home care, modification of the home to make it handicapped accessible, and other special services may be required.

If you or a family member suffered cerebral anoxia or hypoxia, please contact our law firm to discuss the circumstances of your case. From our offices in Chicago, we represent clients in brain injury claims throughout Illinois.


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