The term “brain damage” encompasses a wide variety of extremely serious injuries. More accurately, “brain damage” is mostly a general heading for a wide array of diverse injuries to thewhite and gray matter and connective nerves to the parts of your body that controls thought, speech, intelligence, memory, movement, personality, executive functioning, vision, balance, emotion and related functions.
The biomechanics of a brain injury is the explanation of the how the brain injury occurred. Manyof these injuries, such as a fractured skull or brain hemorrhage, are easily identified and proved because they can be seen on an objective test such as an X-ray or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
The loss of IQ or a change in personality or executive functioning is much more complicated, as these would not be expected to show up on any film. Most often, they are the result of a closed head injury where there may not be a skull fracture or brain bleed. The injured party feels different and claims his or her memory or thoughts are impaired. The injured person seems confused, and calculations that were easy for him or her prior to the accident become difficult or impossible after the head injury.
In these cases, proof requires multiple batteries of clinical psychological testing by a skilled psychologist. Instead of an X-ray, a clinical psychologist administers written tests and uses the results to map or diagram the specific area of the brain affected.
The brain injury lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte work with many of the top doctors in New York who provide this kind of testing.
The spinal cord comprises a column of nerve tissue that is protected by the bones of the spine. Those nerves deliver messages between your brain and the rest of your body.
A spinal cord injury could destroy or damage your brain’s ability to communicate with your body. When someone suffers a spinal cord injury, the part of the body that is controlled by the affected area of the spinal cord risks losing its ability to function the way it should. Many spinal cord injuries lead to permanent paralysis or disability. The closer the injury occurs to your head, the larger the area of the body it will affect.
Spinal cord injuries and the paralysis that often follows are typically caused by traumatic, sudden blows to the spine. The blow can fracture, crush, dislocate or compress the vertebrae.
The consequences of a spinal injury can include:
The effects of a brain or spinal cord injury extend beyond any obvious physical impairments. Getting used to life with a disability, very often confined to a wheelchair, is very difficult. Victims will usually experience a great deal of emotional pain and suffering and worry about how the injury will affect their lifestyle and quality of life, their personal relationships and financial situation, as well as the impact on their family.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain or spinal cord injury, contact Dansker & Aspromonte. Our brain and spinal cord injury and paralysis lawyers will hold the liable party responsible for their actions and help you recover the compensation you and your family need and deserve.
We have a great deal of experience with head and spinal cord injury cases, and we will welcome your inquiries and questions about these serious injuries. To schedule a free consultation with a brain and spinal cord injury attorney, contact us online or call 212-732-2929.