What happens when the brain is starved of oxygen?

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2022 | Personal Injury

It is essential that our bodies receive sufficient oxygen for proper functioning. A lack of oxygen can cause hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries with serious consequences to one’s health.

What are hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries?

A hypoxic brain injury is also referred to as cerebral hypoxia. Hypoxic brain injuries occur when the brain gets insufficient oxygen flow for a short period of time.

An anoxic brain injury is also referred to as cerebral anoxia. Anoxic brain injuries occur when the brain receives no oxygen at all.

Sometimes the terms anoxic brain injuries and hypoxic brain injuries are combined and referred to simply as hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries.

These injuries are very serious. The brain requires as much as one-fifth of your body’s oxygen to work properly. When the brain receives insufficient oxygen, it can cause brain cells to die. This could lead to brain damage or even a coma.

How can a person suffer a hypoxic-anoxic brain injury?

There are several ways a person could suffer a hypoxic brain injury or anoxic brain injury. One way is to suffer a traumatic brain injury caused by blunt force. For example, if a person injures their head in a fall, motor vehicle crash or a sports injury, they can suffer a hypoxic brain injury or an anoxic brain injury.

Oftentimes car accidents, falls and sports injuries result from the negligence of another. For example, a drunk driver could cause a car crash leading to blunt force trauma, or a store owner could fail to clean up a spill, leading to a fall and subsequent head injury.

Those who suffer injuries due to another’s actions or inactions may have grounds to pursue a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence. Negligence occurs when someone has a duty of care, which is breached causing the victim to suffer injuries or other damages. If you feel you were the victim of negligence you will want to explore the various avenues of compensation you are entitled to.