Brain Stem Injury

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:37 by admin
Brain stem injuries are the result of either a prolonged loss of oxygen to the brain or forceful trauma to the head, in which the brain violently collides with the skull. Every type of brain stem injury can result in serious complications, including behavioral, cognitive, communication, or sensory processing difficulties.

In more major brain stem injury cases, the results can be even more devastating, including comas, stupors, vegetative states, or death. Brain stem damage may occur immediately upon impact or later due to bleeding and swelling of the brain.

Each year, over 1.5 million people in America suffer from a brain stem injury. Furthermore, it is estimated that at least 2 million American currently live with some form of disability as the direct result of a brain stem injury. The most common cause of brain stem injuries are car accidents. Other causes include falls, medical malpractice, sports injuries, domestic abuse, and violent crimes.

The effects of a brain stem injury are sometimes devastating. Damage to the brain can result from a closed head injury or a penetration of the skull. The effects of a brain stem injury can vary from mild to severe based on the severity of the injury.

Severe brain stem injuries are classified by a major limitation in mental functioning, prolonged state of unconsciousness or coma, persistent vegetative state, or minimally responsive state.

Moderate brain stem injuries are categorized by confusion persisting up to a few weeks, cognitive, physical and behavioral impairments that last up to a few month, or state of unconsciousness lasting up to a couple of hours.

A mild brain stem injury, also known as a concussion, is defined by a change in mental state following the injury, sudden memory loss, a brief loss of consciousness, or focal neurological deficits. In some brain stem injury cases, a person may seem alright on the surface, and later develop many of the symptoms mentioned above.

The necessary treatment for a brain stem injury may include medication, surgery, diagnostic testing and rehabilitation. In more serious cases, a comprehensive team of care providers is usually required. With brain stem injuries, receiving the proper treatment in a timely manner is vital to a patient’s recovery. Therefore, if you or someone you know is suspected of having a brain stem injury, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

Brain stem injuries are sometimes caused by the intentional or unintentional acts of another person. In such cases, the victim may be legally entitled to significant forms of compensation.

If you or someone you know has suffered a brain stem injury, please seek the advice of a qualified brain stem injury attorney who can assist you in protecting your legal rights. It is important to know that brain stem injuries are subject to limitations in time (statutes of limitations) in which the lawsuit can be filed. As a result, please act quickly and let an experienced lawyer evaluate your claim and maximize your interests.

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