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Brain Injuries Caused by Lack of Oxygen

Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving the Baltimore Area and Surrounding Communities

Brain injuries may have serious and lifelong consequences. If you or someone close to you has sustained a brain injury due to a medical professional’s negligence, it is critical to seek the help of a skilled Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer who can evaluate the specific circumstances of your case. At Arfaa Law Group, we are committed to helping patients hold health care providers accountable when they provide inadequate treatment. We understand that victims of malpractice are going through a challenging time in their lives, and we will work hard to reward your trust in us.

Health Care Negligence May Result in Brain Injuries Caused by Lack of Oxygen

Brain cells need oxygen to survive and perform their functions. Oxygen is delivered to the brain by the blood. When blood flow to the brain stops even temporarily, in a condition known as anoxia, brain damage may result. Additionally, a slowing of blood flow to the brain, which is known as hypoxia, may also result in serious brain damage. In general, the more that the brain is deprived of oxygen, the more serious the harm to the brain will be. In fact, brain cells may begin to die within five minutes after the oxygen supply has been cut off. Conditions that may be caused by oxygen deprivation include coma, cardiac arrest, choking, seizures, and even brain death.

Some types of medical malpractice that may cut off the oxygen flow to a patient’s brain include:
  • Birth injuries;
  • Complications with general anesthesia;
  • Surgical errors;
  • Medication errors; or
  • Failures to monitor or treat hypotension.

Under Maryland law, medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional fails to act in conformity with the prevailing standard of accepted medical care in that situation. Put another way, when a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider fails to act in a way that a reasonably competent doctor, nurse, or other health care provider would act in the same or similar circumstances, and a patient is hurt or dies as a result, legal action is likely appropriate.

In Maryland, there are stringent procedural rules that must be followed before filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Thus, a patient or a family who is filing such a claim needs to get a certificate of merit from a doctor, verifying that the defendant engaged in conduct that departed from the accepted duty of care and that this departure was a direct cause of the victim’s injuries.

Unfortunately, oxygen deprivation may lead to brain injuries that last a lifetime. The costs associated with these conditions may be extremely high. As a result, victims of medical malpractice in Maryland usually can seek both economic and non-economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering.

Contact a Baltimore Lawyer to Discuss a Medical Malpractice Claim

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, you should seek the guidance of a Baltimore medical malpractice attorney. At Arfaa Law Group, we are committed to seeking the full amount of compensation that each victim deserves for the harm that they have suffered. We represent clients throughout the state of Maryland. To discuss your case in more detail with a brain injury attorney, call 410-889-1850 or contact us online for a free consultation.