You felt your heart skip a beat when the doctor gave you the bad news: your loved one suffered a lack of oxygen to the brain. You know that this can cause severe--even fatal--consequences, but the brain is a strange and delicate organ. Is it possible your loved one might not have any long-lasting damage?
There are many factors that can affect your relative’s outcome after a hypoxia injury in Kentucky. For example:
- Mild hypoxia. Some victims may experience no injuries or side effects after the initial episode of hypoxia has passed. However, the extent of damage will largely depend on the amount of brain tissue deprived of oxygen and how quickly oxygen was restored.
- Injury location. If the hypoxia was localized to a specific part of the brain, it is likely that any brain damage will also occur only in that region. In this case, long-term effects will depend on the function of that portion of the brain. Damage to left side of the brain may cause the victim to have difficulty with speech and language, while damage to the right side may interfere with visual interpretation or emotional disturbance.
- Delayed effects. Certain kinds of severe hypoxia may take time to fully show the extent of damage. Some poisoning victims, for example, may show physical and mental impairments several weeks after the initial episode of hypoxia.
- Coma. If the brain is significantly damaged by oxygen loss, the brain may go into a comatose state to heal and regenerate. However, the longer a coma continues, the greater the likelihood that the person will not recover from a vegetative state--and even if the patient wakes up from a prolonged coma, brain damage is likely to significantly affect his quality of life.
Families of hypoxia victims will likely be overwhelmed as they wait to find out the extent of their loved one’s injuries. During this time, it is important that you have an experienced Louisville KY cerebral hypoxia lawyer fighting on your side. Your attorney can investigate the circumstances of the injury and determine who was at fault, getting you the payment you need for your loved one’s treatment.
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