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Traumatic Brain Injury
The brain is a three-pound mass of gray matter enclosed in the cranium. It interprets sensory impulses, coordinates and controls bodily functioning and is the center of emotion and thought. The brain has three main sections: the cerebral hemispheres, cerebellum and brain stem. There are left and right cerebral hemispheres. They are divided into sections called lobes. The left cerebral hemisphere controls the right side of the body and is responsible for speech. The right cerebral hemisphere controls the left side of the body and is responsible for creative thinking.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as intracranial injury, occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain. Brain trauma can be caused by a direct impact or by acceleration alone. Traumatic brain injury can cause a host of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral effects, and outcome can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury and can be caused by a fall, or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Concussions often occur as a result of auto accidents. Although sometimes described as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life threatening, their effects can be serious.
After any brain injury things that once were easy and familiar become strange and difficult. A great deal of mental effort is usually required to do things that required little or no effort before the brain injury. Work, school and personal relationships suffer. The injured party often becomes less efficient at their job and their livelihood is jeopardized. Often a person with a TBI can become unpredictable, unreliable and sometimes violent. When the victim of a brain injury is a child, they can develop behavioral problems at home and school. As you can imagine, a brain injury can affect the entire family. It is important to have access to the best medical care to get the proper diagnosis of and treatment for a traumatic brain injury.
Our firm is experienced in handling Traumatic Brain Injury cases and knows how to steer you towards the best medical professionals and how to maximize the recovery for TBI cases. Call us today if you have questions regarding an injury resulting in concussion or other Traumatic Brain Injury.