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Philadelphia Brain Hypoxia Lawyer

The human brain needs oxygen to function. When the brain does not get enough oxygen, brain cells begin to die within five minutes of deprivation of oxygen. The brain controls our nervous system and helps to send important messages throughout our body. Unfortunately, dead brain cells cannot be revived. The longer a person is deprived of oxygen, the more brain cells that die resulting in brain injury. A brain injury cannot be reversed and may lead to death.

If a person suffers a brain injury because of the negligence or malpractice of another person, they may be entitled to financial compensation for their injury. For more information about your legal rights in a case of brain hypoxia, you should speak with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. You can get the help you need when you contact Youman & Caputo.

Why Choose Our Philadelphia Brain Hypoxia Attorneys?

  • Youman & Caputo is a Pennsylvania and New Jersey firm that handles big cases with the personal attention of a small firm.
  • We investigate our cases thoroughly and represent our clients aggressively, with conscientious attention to detail, honesty, and integrity.

For experience you can trust with your brain hypoxia case, call Youman & Caputo at (215) 302-1999 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys.

What Is Brain Hypoxia?

Generally, brain hypoxia is a term used to refer to a lack of oxygen supply to the brain. It affects the largest parts of the brain, called the cerebral hemispheres, and occurs when the brain does not get enough oxygen to function.

What Causes Brain Hypoxia?

There are many different things that can affect the supply of oxygen to the brain. These include:

  • Choking, suffocation, or strangulation
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Drowning
  • High altitudes
  • Electrocution
  • Head injury
  • Surgical complications
  • Anesthesia errors

You may be entitled to compensation if any of this was the result of another person’s negligence or medical malpractice.

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What Is Negligence?

Negligence is a failure to act with care to avoid causing harm to someone whom we can reasonably foresee will be harmed by our actions or omissions. Every person has a duty to consider how their actions or failure to act will affect those they have a duty to care for by law.

There are four elements in a claim for negligence that must be proven:

  • That the defendant owed the claimant a duty of care. For example, doctors owe their patients a duty of care, drivers owe other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians a duty of care, and property owners owe a duty of care to visitors of their property. Medical practitioners that fail to meet this standard may face a poor postoperative care lawsuit in Philadelphia.
  • That the defendant breached their duty of care. This means that the defendant did not act reasonably to avoid causing harm to another person. Their actions fell below the standard of care expected of a person in their position.
  • The defendant’s breach of their duty was the proximate and legal cause of the claimant’s injury.
  • The claimant suffered actual harm as a result of their injury.

An attorney can help you prove all four elements for a successful negligence claim. The elements of negligence can be difficult to prove especially in medical malpractice. While a doctor might make mistakes that cause patient injury, not all mistakes are actionable. The doctor must have acted below the standard expected of a doctor in the same medical specialty in the same or similar circumstances.

How Can a Lawyer Help?

You need a lawyer who has the resources to conduct a thorough investigation of your case and hire highly qualified experts to provide medical expert testimony in support of your claim. Whether your case is resolved in a settlement or by a jury at trial, you need a Philadelphia brain hypoxia attorney who understands this area of law and can fight for your best interests.

At Youman & Caputo, we are prepared to represent you in your claim. We can also bring Philadelphia wrongful death claims on behalf of family members who have lost loved ones from brain injuries caused by lack of oxygen. Call us for a free consultation.