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Indianapolis Indiana Brain Injury Lawyer

Indianapolis Indiana Brain Injury Lawyer

If you need assistance with a traumatic brain injury please  click here to  contact our Indianapolis Indiana Brain Injury Lawyers.

‘Brain injury’ is a term which broadly encompasses any brain injury irrespective of cause.  Thus, a brain injury can be caused by penetration of the skull, skull fracture, disease, or a closed head injury.  Penetration or fractures of the skull often occur in accidents and attacks by one person on another.  Diseases which commonly cause brain injuries are infections and cancer (tumors).  Closed head injuries are caused by rapid acceleration/ deceleration of the head or other means which, by definition, does not penetrate or fracture the skull.  Shaken Baby Syndrome is one of the most common referred to types of closed head injuries. These injuries can have devastating lifelong effects on the physical and mental functioning of the survivor.

The body responds to brain injuries in different ways.  Different people with similar injuries may also respond differently as a result of such injuries.  Also of concern is the fact that the result of such injuries may appear at a time distant from the actual injury itself.  For instance, if someone is hit hard on the head, but not severe enough to cause immediate damage greater than a ‘strong headache,’ the person may not consider themselves ‘okay’ and go about their business.  It is possible that a concussion has occurred and the damage from the concussion may not appear for some time because of the swelling (cerebral edema), which creates pressure on the brain itself.  In effect, the ‘hit on the head’ causes an injury but the injured person is unaware of the extent of the injury, proceeds without getting assistance, and runs the risk of causing ‘brain damage’ due to the swelling.  This is also true in cases of hemorrhage where there is bleeding into the brain or around the brain.  Bleeding into the brain is referred to as an intracerebral hemorrhage.  Bleeding around the brain is referred to as an epidural or subdural hemorrhage.

Indianapolis Indiana Brain Injury LawyerThe above example is a relatively minor injury when compared to the types of injuries caused daily from accidents and assaults.  Death and coma can result from such injuries if the force of the injury-causing event is sufficient.  Coma results when the force that hits the head causes sufficient turning and twisting.  This motion can cause the interruption of nerve pathways (often resulting in unconsciousness and neurological disorders).  If the nerve fibers between the brain stem and cortex are disrupted coma can result.

Some estimates hold that approximately two million traumatic brain injuries are caused each year in the United States.  One-quarter of these injuries result in hospitalization of the injured party.  Of those it is believed that as many as 90,000 will be faced with life-long debilitation, including coma.  Neurological disorders often confronted by those suffering from a brain injury and their loved ones are depression and anxiety, altered personality, and low self esteem.

 

 

 

 

 

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  American Academy of Neurology  National organization dedicated to the study of neurology.
  American Association of Neuroscience Nurses  Research information and links about neurological conditions.
  Hydrocephalus Association  Brain injury newsletter.
  Journal of Neuroscience  On-line medical journal.
 Malignant Brain Tumors and Neuro-oncology Resources  Brain tumor information site from Harvard Medical School.
  Medical Matrix-Neurology  Neurological resources.
   National Spinal Cord
Injury Association
 National site for spinal cord injuries and research information.
  Neurosciences on the Internet  Neuroscience resource on the internet.
  Neurotrauma Law
 Resource discussing the law’s relationship with traumatic brain injuries
  Society for Neuroscience  On-line version of the Society for Neuroscience publications.
 Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Guide  Information on brain injury, rehabilitation, and treatment.
  Traumatic Brain Injury Guide Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Glen Johnson’s Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide.

 

If you need assistance with a traumatic brain injury please  click here to  contact our Indianapolis Indiana Brain Injury Lawyers.

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