Seeking Compensation for Hypoxia of the Brain?

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The brain is an incredibly sensitive part of the body, requiring a constant supply of oxygen in order to function normally. Without a constant flow of oxygen, the brain can sustain permanent damage. Brain cell death due to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) can result in brain injury, a vegetative state, or death. During surgeries, hospital staff members must monitor patients at all times to make sure they are getting enough oxygen. Failure to do so, resulting in brain hypoxia, can be medical malpractice. Talk to the attorneys at Freedland Harwin Valori, PL if this tragic incident has happened to you or one of your family members in Florida.

Is Brain Hypoxia Preventable?

After suffering a brain injury, a victim’s first question might be, “Could someone have prevented my injuries?” Sadly, the answer can be yes – a reasonable and prudent medical practitioner might have prevented prolonged lack of oxygen to the brain through proper patient monitoring. Yet, due to staff member negligence, brain hypoxia during or after surgeries is one of the most common types of medical malpractice that culminates in a lawsuit.

It is sometimes possible to prevent brain hypoxia if the anesthesiologist and other healthcare professionals monitor the patient’s heart rate and other vital signs to detect warning signs of oxygen deprivation. Symptoms a patient might exhibit during or after surgery that could point to brain hypoxia include prolonged low blood pressure, lack of oxygen in the blood, abnormal electrocardiograms (a measure of the heart’s electrical activity), abnormal electroencephalograms (a measure of the brain’s electrical activity), or abnormal heart rate.

Operating room staff members owe patients a duty to constantly monitor for these warning signs to prevent brain hypoxia. Distracted, negligent, or incompetent physicians and nurses can result in preventable hypoxia and related injuries or deaths. An investigation of the incident, along with interviews with highly-credentialed experts on the subject, can help analyze a surgery and determine if one or more parties were negligent in monitoring for brain hypoxia. If so, the injured party could bring a lawsuit against the at-fault person or establishment.

Medical Malpractice Claim Assistance for Brain Hypoxia

Florida’s civil justice system gives medical malpractice victims the opportunity to seek damage recovery in the form of a claim. After suffering surgery-related injuries such as brain hypoxia, a patient could potentially file an injury claim with the insurance company of the at-fault doctor or hospital.

Brain hypoxia is a very serious and potentially life-threatening condition that is often preventable during and after surgical procedures. An attorney can help with the myriad aspects of filing a medical malpractice claim, giving you your best chance at maximum compensation. To discuss your potential right to compensation through a medical malpractice suit after suffering brain hypoxia, contact our team for a free consultation.

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