When most people think of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), they may picture a devastating car accident or assault as the cause.
There is, however, another very common cause of TBIs that fewer people know about—oxygen deprivation.
Below, our Kansas City and Topeka personal injury attorneys discuss how oxygen deprivation can cause TBIs.
How Oxygen Deprivation Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries
As the most complex system in the human body, the brain requires a constant flow of oxygen in order to function properly. When this supply of oxygen decreases (hypoxia), or gets cut off entirely (anoxia), brain cells begin to die. This can lead to severe brain damage and a TBI.
There are several situations in which oxygen deprivation can lead to TBIs, including:
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Near drowning events
Additionally, there is a risk of surgical procedures causing TBIs due to the sensitive nature of the central nervous system. Brain tissue is at risk of injury during these procedures from incisions, direct trauma, hemorrhage, and more.
Complications Related to Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs have a host of complications that can affect the victim. More severe TBIs increase the risk of these states of altered consciousness. These states may include:
Coma. Comas occur after widespread damage to the brain. After a few days or weeks, the victim may awaken from the coma or enter into a vegetative state.
Vegetative state. A person in a vegetative state may be able to open their eyes, make sounds, and respond to reflexes, but they remain unaware of their surroundings.
Brain death. Brain death occurs when there is no measurable activity in the brain and brainstem. At this point, the removal of breathing devices will result in cessation of breathing and heart failure.
Suffered from a Traumatic Brain Injury? We’re Here to Help
If you or someone you love suffered a TBI in an accident caused by recklessness, our team is here to protect your rights. We’re passionate about standing up for plaintiffs’ rights, and we want to fight for you.
Contact DiPasquale Moore today at (816) 888-7500 to schedule a free consultation.