It’s been two days since the electrical fire broke out in your apartment, and although you managed to get out safely—you’re still experiencing problems from the smoke. You’ve had several bouts of dizziness, incessant coughing, and you find yourself easily dazed and forgetful.
Could the smoke inhalation from the fire have caused serious side effects, other than to your lungs?
Identifying Signs of Cerebral Hypoxia
According to the National Institute of Health and Neurological Disorders, your brain requires approximately 3.3 milliliters of oxygenated blood per minute for every 100 grams of brain tissue present. When your brain is deprived of this vital amount of oxygen, it goes into cerebral hypoxia, and tissues begin to essentially suffocate and die. Not only does this create serious damage to your brain’s function, but it can also have lasting cognitive effects as well.
Initially the body responds to cerebral hypoxia by redirecting blood to the brain and increasing cerebral blood flow. However, this redirection can only last for a limited time, and if the oxygen flow still isn’t adequate, you’ll immediately begin to feel the effects.
Although these symptomatic effects can range from mild to severe, if you experience any one of the following symptoms, you need to seek medical attention immediately to prevent severe brain damage.
- Blurred vision
- Temporary memory loss
- Loss of sensations
- Reduced ability to move your body
- Difficulty paying attention
- Difficulty making decisions
- Labored or difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Brain death
What to Do After a Cerebral Hypoxia Diagnosis
Many different things and actions can contribute to a loved one being deprived of essential oxygen. Unfortunately, these mistakes and actions can also cause her years if not a lifetime of treatment, pain, and suffering. Don’t allow someone else’s carelessness to cost your family their future. Call us today for a free consultation and review of your case. If a third-party’s involvement resulted in your loved one’s brain hypoxia injuries, you’re entitled to compensation—and probably more than your insurance company is willing to offer. Call (703) 721-4233 today to get the justice and peace of mind your entire family deserves.
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