Asphyxia Law and Legal Definition

Asphyxia is a condition whereby there is an extreme decrease in the concentration of oxygen in the body accompanied by an increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide which leads to loss of consciousness or death. Asphyxia can be induced by choking, drowning, electric shock, injury, or the inhalation of toxic gases. From a legal point of view it is always proper to ascertain whether the person who has thus been deprived of his senses is the victim of another, whether the injury has been caused by accident, or whether it is caused by the act of the sufferer himself.