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Brain injuries are also called traumatic brain injuries and head injuries. Head injuries, though, refer to any injury to the head including the skull and all parts of the body from the neck up. Brain injuries are only injuries that literally affected our brain. There are external and internal causes for brain injuries. The first type happens due to external force affecting the brain including an impact because of a fall or flying object, suddenly stopping or suddenly speeding up, blast waves or from an object penetrating the skull into the brain. The internal types of brain injuries include strokes, cancer, heart attacks, toxins, infection, and hemorrhaging.
Brain damage is the loss of brain cells because they are destroyed or damaged. Brain damage usually causes a loss of consciousness or mental, emotional or physical function.
It is always traumatic when one’s brain is damaged. There are many causes but here are some of the most common traumatic ones are: sports injuries (including football brain injuries, soccer brain injuries, basketball brain injuries, hockey brain injuries and baseball brain injuries), on the job accidents, factory or mine accidents, car accidents, electric shock, near drowning, trip and fall injuries, motorcycle accidents, choking, malignancy, lack of enough blood or oxygen getting to the brain, strangulation, pedestrian/crosswalk accidents, construction site accidents, work injuries, defective products, and violence. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation states that falls account for twenty-eight percent of brain injuries, automobile accidents and being struck by an object account for about twenty percent of brain injuries each, and violence and bicycle accidents make up a combined fifteen percent. Brain damage can be caused by many forces including a lack of oxygen, poisons, neurological illness, chemotherapy, an aneurysm, the brain injuries listed above, or infection.
Brain injuries can affect the entire brain or just specific regions. Concussions are one type of brain injury that may have some lasting affects. It usually happens because of sudden movement to the brain that stretches the blood vessels and damage cranial nerves. It is the most common type of acquired traumatic brain injury. A contusion is another possible result of brain injuries. It is a bruise on the brain that may need to be surgically removed if it is too big. Coup-contrecoup brain injuries are brain injuries where there is an injury at the site of the trauma and opposite to it.
Comas are a rather unsettling result of some brain injuries. While in a coma, a patient is in a deep state of unconsciousness where they are unable to respond to stimuli. A person who is comatose is alive but it could take weeks for them to come out of the coma. How a person does after a coma varies widely. Some recover all their memories and physical functions. Other patients wake from the coma to be in a vegetative state, to be in a stupor or to be in a state where they only recover the very basics of their body functions.
Shaken Baby Syndrome can be a result of Diffuse Axonal Injuries where shaking or moving the head too quickly causes the brain to be damaged while it is being pushed by inertia into the skull walls.
Locked In Syndrome is very serious as a person cannot move any part of their body except for blinking and moving their eyes.
This has happened when a second brain injury has unfortunately happened before a first brain injury had fully healed. For example, this can happen in the case of a concussion since it can take many months to over a year to fully heal.
Brain injuries are very traumatic and can happen in the blink of an eye. It can happen at work since many people’s jobs involve them working with and around heavy objects, big equipment, electricity, cars, motorcycles, trucks, conveyor belts, tractors, mine equipment and construction equipment. The work injury law firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have over three decades of experience handling workers’ compensation claims as well as personal injury cases for brain injuries. Our Riverside workers compensation attorneys know how to look for Third Parties that are also partially at fault for your brain injury and include them in your case to maximize your potential compensation.
All injuries to the head or brain are important and need immediate medical attention. The following list is just a short list of signs that may show that the injured person has a severe brain injury: a headache that lingers, convulsions, dilation of both or just one pupil, lightheadedness, slurred speech, tired eyes, weak or numb extremities, loss of coordination, confusion, agitation, aphasia, listlessness, unequal pupil size, irritability, and/or vomiting/nausea.
The Glasgow Coma Scale is used to rate the severity of brain injuries and the level of consciousness for a brain injury victim. It has to do with verbal, motor, and reactions to stimuli for the eyes. A three to eight score signals severe brain injury, a nine to twelve signals moderate brain injury and a thirteen to fifteen signals mild brain injury.
The original treatments that doctors or paramedics may do are all meant to stabilize the patient’s head and brain injuries. The first priorities are to stop any bleeding, control the pressure in the skull, remove any big blood clots within the skull and keep the right amount of blood flow getting to the brain. Additional treatments for brain injuries include restricting the fluid intake of the patient, use diuretics to try to control the amount of water in the body, use anticonvulsants to help prevent seizures from happening due to all the extra activity in and around the brain, use a ventricular drain and ventricular to help the patient breath while being able to drain some fluids. Brain surgeons may be called in to perform one of the three most common surgeries for brain injuries. The first is a craniotomy where the surgeon will open the skull to solve the problems that are causing the increased pressure (including swollen brain tissues and blood clots). Burr Holes is another type of brain surgery whose purpose is to remove blood clots while a Bone Flap Removal procedure is another way to relieve pressure.
Brain injury trials are very complex due to the intricate nation of the brain, and you need brain injury attorneys with experience and a proven track record of success. We would like you to meet a specialized Riverside brain injury attorney at our law firm and let us earn your trust. We offer a free initial consultation and case evaluation so we can discuss your case, your options and what our injury firm can do for you. Our law firm conducts its cases on a contingency basis where you will not owe or pay us anything unless we win your injury case. The Riverside work injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo will still come to you at your home or your hospital room if you are unable to come to our office. We available to meet during the normal hours of Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm and we will also meet you, by appointment, on Saturdays, Sundays and in the evening.
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