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Hypoxic & Anoxic Injury

What is a hypoxic or anoxic injury?



Cellular damage to the brain is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. The term hypoxic refers to a restriction and reduced amount of oxygen.


  • Temporary memory loss
  • Reduced ability to move your body
  • Difficulty paying attention


Anoxic refers to the brain being completely starved of oxygen. This type of brain injury can be caused by stroke, heart attack, strangulation or impact. This is a severe condition and in some cases life threatening.

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Short term memory loss
  • Poor performance in executive functions
  • Difficulty using words
  • Visual disturbances
  • Birth injury

Causes of hypoxic and anoxic injuries

The causes of hypoxic and anoxic injuries can vary but are normally caused by illness, accidents or conditions such as:

Cardiac or respiratory arrest

Cardiac or respiratory arrest could be caused by not receiving first aid quickly enough or an ambulance not being called which could happen either at work or in a public place.

Irregular heart rhythm

The condition of an irregular heart beat can be detected at birth but can sometimes be missed when at a hospital or GP surgery. The condition also can be caused by chest trauma or open heart surgery.

Severe asthma attack

An asthma attack may be caused by working in an environment where the air is not properly regulated or ventilated such as working next to a pool on a daily basis or working in a dusty environment.

Near drowning

In some cases drowning can be caused by the lack of supervision from life guards on a pool side or signs not being available showing safety warnings of swimming in that area.


Anyone who has choked can experience trauma in regards to not being able to breath or being unconscious. This could be due to foreign bodies in food items or children not being supervised at school or at a play group were first aid was not available or too late.


This type of situation is normally as a result of a crime and is dealt with very seriously.

How long does it take to recover?

Recovering from hypoxic or anoxic injury can take time and depending on  the seriousness of the injury sometimes the condition can never be changed meaning lifelong complications. This means that a person or child with this condition may never have the life they once had which is why anoxic and hypoxic conditions should be treated with great urgency.

What impact does this have on your life

Suffering a major brain injury can cause lasting effects and can change the way you live your every day-to-day life.  This could mean things like your job and financial situation could change causing psychological strain. An injury could also stop you doing things you love like playing with your children and taking part in sports. Here at Sincere Law we can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. As you should not be left injured and out of pocket for something that wasn’t your fault.

How can we help your rehabilitation

Sincere Law know that experiencing a brain injury could change your life forever and you need the best medical treatment for recovery. That’s why we pride ourselves in referring our clients to the best doctors, surgeons and practitioners in the country, so they have the best chance of getting back to full health, however long it takes. As we know that finding the best treatment can sometimes be difficult and time consuming but we will be there to help you through the process.

How to make a claim

Feel free to call us for advice and guidance about your claim with no obligation on 0800 092 2896. If you prefer you can contact us on our website and request a call back at We aim to get back to you as soon as possible regarding your claim. All our solicitors work on a no fee no win basis so long as information is honest and correct.

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