Serious Injury

Your Guide to Hypoxic Brain Injury Claims

April 18, 2024
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Hypoxic brain injuries, often caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, can have devastating effects on individuals and their families. Whether it’s due to medical negligence, accidents, or other circumstances, seeking expert legal guidance can help navigate complex situations. Our experienced team can help you or your loved one secure compensation which can help to overcome the financial burdens associated with your injuries and recovery, such as ongoing care, and loss of income. It’s important to remember that every case is unique, and consulting with experienced legal professionals can provide clarity and support during difficult times. Don’t hesitate to explore your options and seek the justice and compensation you deserve. 


What is a ‘Hypoxic Brain Injury’?  


A hypoxic brain injury occurs when there’s a restriction in oxygen supply to the brain, leading to impairment and eventual death of brain cells.  


According to Headway, various conditions can trigger hypoxic brain injuries, such as: 

  • Strokes 
  • Choking or near-drowning 
  • Asthma attacks  
  • Cardiac arrest 
  • Poisoning  
  • Exposure to high altitudes  


If left untreated, these conditions can be highly detrimental or even fatal. After around four minutes without oxygen, brain cells begin to die, impacting vital brain functions and prolonged lack of oxygen increases the likelihood of complications. 


Hypoxic brain injury symptoms  

When your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can lead to temporary or extended loss of consciousness, depending on how severe and how long the oxygen deprivation lasts. According to Cleveland Clinic,:  


  • Feeling dizzy 
  • Headaches 
  • Problems with vision, speech, and memory 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Short-term memory issues 
  • Numbness in certain areas 

As well as the symptoms listed above, people with hypoxic brain injuries may also suffer from longer term symptoms such as: 


What is the prognosis for hypoxic brain injury?  


Hypoxic brain injury can have significant effects. While some individuals may experience long-term challenges, others can make significant progress through rehabilitation and therapy. With proper medical care and support, many people can regain lost functions and improve their quality of life. Early intervention and a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to individual needs are crucial for maximising recovery potential. 


Treatment for hypoxic brain injuries varies depending on how long the brain was deprived of oxygen. According to AAPM&R, the initial priority is to restore oxygen supply, often through cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or ventilation to ensure the brain receives enough oxygen. These injuries can also cause permanent damage to other parts of the body or result in loss of basic functions. In such cases, you may be referred to specialists like physical, speech, or occupational therapists, or counsellors. It’s crucial to understand that each person’s treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs based on the severity of their injury. 


Compensation for traumatic brain injury in the UK  


If a brain injury claim is successful, claimants will be awarded compensation for their injuries and the losses they have suffered financially. When a final compensation figure is decided, it is with the intention of ensuring that they are put back into same financial position they would have been, had they not suffered the injuries. The calculation also considers any future treatments, recovery and any further impacts on your life such as reduced life expectancy.  

When compensation is calculated there are two factors that are considered: general damages and special damages. General damages refer to compensation awarded in a legal case to compensate for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, or loss of amenity. Special damages, refer to compensation awarded to cover specific financial losses incurred by the claimant, such as lost wages, property adaptations, or other out-of-pocket expenses directly related to their injuries. As well as this, are awarded to compensate for anticipated financial burdens that the claimant is likely to suffer due to their injuries. This may include future medical expenses, ongoing care costs, loss of future earnings, or other foreseeable expenses that arise due to the injury or harm suffered. 



How much compensation do you get for a hypoxic brain injury?  


Here at Fletchers Solicitors our expert team have handled a variety of claims involving hypoxic brain injuries. Therefore, when considering compensation for hypoxic brain injury claims, it’s important to note that each claim has its own set circumstances surrounding it, meaning outcomes can vary based on factors such as the severity of the injury, all of which will be taken into consideration when calculating the final compensation package. With this in mind, it isn’t possible for us to provide a definitive compensation figure. However, you may be entitled to claim for a series of damages which include lost income, pain and suffering, and ongoing care and rehabilitation costs. 

Compensation is there to help individuals rebuild their lives and cover the expenses incurred as a result of the injury. To ensure you receive fair compensation it is important you have legal experts helping you pursue your claim. In the past we have successfully handled hypoxic brain injury claims in which compensation settlements have ranged from £30,000 for parents who sadly lost their baby boy after he suffered hypoxic brain injuries, up to £17 million after hypoxic brain injuries left a child with life-changing disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy.  


How can I claim for a hypoxic brain injury?  


Begin your journey towards obtaining the compensation and support you deserve for your or your loved one’s hypoxic brain injuries by contacting Fletchers Solicitors today. Our team is committed to providing expertise, empathy, and dedicated support as we navigate the complexities of your claim together. Rest assured, our initial consultation comes at no cost to you, offering you the chance to discuss your case with our experienced legal professionals and explore your options without any pressure. Reach out to Fletchers Solicitors now and allow us to assist you through this challenging time with confidence and compassion. 


Hypoxic brain injury claims with Fletchers  


If you or a loved one has experienced hypoxic brain injuries, and is suffering as a result, know that you’re not alone in navigating the legal complexities involved. Fletchers Solicitors is here to offer the support, expertise, and compassion needed to guide you through this challenging time. Our initial consultation is free, providing you with the opportunity to discuss your case with our experienced legal team and explore your options. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today and take the first step towards securing the compensation and support you deserve. Contact Fletchers Solicitors now to begin your journey towards justice and peace of mind. 

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