Anoxic Brain Injury: What Is It?

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
November 1, 2023

An anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of receiving enough oxygen. This can happen for numerous reasons, one of the most common being a breech birth. When the umbilical cord gets caught around the infant’s neck, the temporary loss of oxygen can quickly turn into a traumatic brain injury and result in long-lasting injuries and disability. 

During the birthing process, it is up to your healthcare professional to maintain their standard of care and actively monitor your infant’s health. If the baby is breech or experiencing any other concerning symptoms, it is up to your doctor to promptly respond to the signs of fetal distress and manage the situation accordingly. If your child has fallen victim to medical malpractice and has been injured by the careless actions of your healthcare professional, you are owed damages, and a qualified anoxic brain injury attorney from Davis & Davis can help. 

What is an Anoxic Brain Injury?

An anoxic brain injury is one caused by the full deprivation of oxygen to the brain. When an injury occurs due to low levels or lower than average levels of oxygen, it is categorized as a hypoxic brain injury. Both are serious and can result in a traumatic brain injury. 

Anoxic brain injuries are unfortunately common for infants, with more than half of sustained brain injuries being a direct result of anoxia. If your infant is at risk of an anoxic brain injury, your healthcare professional can take preventative measures to decrease the chance of injury. There is a chance that, if acted on in a timely manner and treated with oxygen, your infant may make a full recovery. However, everyone’s body will react differently and there is a chance that even with responsive action, your infant will develop side effects or permanent disability, such as cerebral palsy. 

How an Anoxic Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you and your child have fallen victim to medical malpractice, it is pertinent you contact a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney as soon as possible. While you concentrate on giving your newborn child the attention and care they deserve, our team at Davis & Davis will begin working on the time-sensitive aspects of your case, including the collection and assessment of any relevant evidence. In our investigation, we will gather any potentially usable information to demonstrate your child was directly affected by your healthcare professional’s negligent care. 

From here, we can help file a medical malpractice claim with the appropriate party’s insurance for damages. As a victim of a brain injury due to reckless birthing practice, your family is entitled to economic and noneconomic damages. This will cover tangible losses such as medical bills and lost wages, as well as intangible losses, such as pain, suffering, and discomfort. An attorney is prepared to negotiate with the insurance company and demonstrate the full extent of your losses in order to help you obtain a worthy settlement offer. If an agreement cannot be reached, we are even prepared to take your case to court. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Dedicated Attorney Today

The birthing process is beautiful, stressful, and everything in between. When it is disrupted by the recklessness of a trusted healthcare professional and the result is an anoxic brain injury, your family is owed financial compensation and justice. Davis & Davis has proudly served our Texas community for many years now with a people-first approach to the world of medical malpractice, meaning you have our direct guidance throughout the entire process. 

To start today with a free consultation, please call our office at (888) 522-9444 or use our online contact form.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

November 1 2023

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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