A Louisiana woman is accusing two physicians of medical malpractice after their care allegedly led to serious injuries. She blames the two doctors for actions or omissions that led to anoxic brain injury, cardiopulmonary arrest and subsequent encephalopathy.
The incident occurred in 2012, but the lawsuit was not filed until August 1 of this year. According to the complaint, the doctors failed to follow appropriate life support guidelines in administering CPR and failed to properly monitor and treat the plaintiff’s pulmonary symptoms.
What is Anoxic Brain Injury?
Anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is completely deprived of oxygen. When this occurs, even for a few minutes, the brain’s cells begin to deteriorate and die. After four minutes of oxygen deprivation, these anoxic brain injuries can become permanent.
Anoxic brain injury can be the result of medical malpractice on the part of doctors or staff. Medical malpractice occurs when doctors or staff commit some form of negligence that leads to injury. There are four elements to any negligence case:
- The defendant has a duty of care to prevent injury.
- The defendant breaches that duty of care.
- The breach of duty of care leads to an injury.
- The injury results in damages, such as pain and suffering or medical bills.
Anoxic brain injury can leave a victim with permanent damage that makes it difficult for that person to fight for the benefits they are entitled to. For this reason, it is important to discuss any incident of potential medical malpractice with a personal injury attorney.