Brain injuries can occur in a number of ways. Commonly, this injury occurs when an individual suffers a blow to the head. However, brain damage can also occur when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain, which is medically referred to as cerebral hypoxia. This condition can arise from a number of circumstances, but may result from strangulation, the inhalation of smoke and compression to the throat.
The result of cerebral hypoxia can be devastating. Some types of brain cells can die after just five minutes without oxygen, which means that this type of hypoxia can cause serious damage quickly. Victims may be left with permanent brain damage or, in the worst cases, the lack of oxygen can lead to death. To treat brain hypoxia, medical professionals often have to intervene to provide assistance breathing, controlling heart rate and blood pressure and calm any seizures that may occur.
Recovering from a brain injury can be extremely difficult, if not impossible. The success rate is dependent upon the severity of the injury. However, some victims are able to recover some or all of their normal functioning. Others, though, are left permanently disabled. Regardless, treating and caring for a brain injury can be physically and emotionally taxing, as well as expensive. Medical care and rehabilitation can be excessively costly, which can be difficult to cover during a time when the victim may be unable to work and earn a wage.
This is why many brain injury victims turn to personal injury attorneys for help. These legal professionals may be able to help a victim file and pursue a successful lawsuit that leads to the recovery of compensation for one's damages. Of course, in order to recover this money, the injury must have been caused by the negligence of another. Negligence may be present in any number of circumstances, which may include medical error during birth, a car accident or a medical procedure. To learn more, victims should consider discussing their situation with a qualified attorney.