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Brain Injury: Symptoms and Effects

A brain injury is an injury to the head which causes damage to the brain. It can occur in two ways. It can be a penetrating head injury or a closed one. Where penetration occurs, the skull is pierced and a piece of the bone from the skull gets into the brain tissue. In the case of a closed injury, there is no break in the skull. It can affect one or more areas of the brain. Below is a report on brain injury, symptoms, effects so as to create awareness on the issue.

causes of brain injury

Brain injury may cause mild initial symptoms or immediately life-threatening damages depending on the mechanism and severity of the brain injury. The common symptom of a brain injury is the loss of consciousness. This may be short or prolonged. It varies from person to person. The most severe symptoms of brain injuries are seizures and dizziness. Extreme headaches are another symptom. Long headaches might require a person to go to a doctor. Nausea and vomiting also indicate injuries to the brain. Someone who experiences blurred vision may be suffering from a brain injury. Memory loss is the other symptom. It may be long or short term. Other symptoms that may not be quick to detect are irritability, balance problems, and behavioral changes. The symptoms that are present is dependent on the extent of the injury and which part of the brain is injured. At times it may be difficult to figure out symptoms related to head injury and symptoms which arise from other factors that may be affecting a person. For example, loss of employment, use of medications, ongoing legal issues, financial problems, personal relationship issues and other health problems.

The brain is the most integral part of the human body. Any injuries to it may lead to severe consequences. Effects of brain injury depend highly on the part of the brain which is damaged.

The various parts of the brain are highlighted below and the effects that may arise if any of them is damaged:

The Frontal Lobe

This area of the brain is closely associated with cognitive thought. It aids in the rationalization of ideas, making decisions and predicting the consequences of actions. Operating within the limits of socially acceptable behavior and maintaining one’s inhibitions are the most important social controls of the frontal lobe, and it also plays a significant role in holding long-term memories. Effects of damages to it are: paralysis, inability to think flexibly, social behavior changes and decreased spontaneity in interactions with others.

The Parietal Lobe

This is the center of quantitative thinking and sensory perception. Damage to this area causes difficulties with reading, writing, or inability to generate required words. It also causes problems with hand-eye coordination, as well as problems distinguishing left from right.

The Occipital Lobe

This is the center for visual processing in the brain. It not only controls color recognition and vision. Effects to this part, when injured, are difficulty recognizing objects and colors, challenges when reading and writing and problems with visual illusions or hallucination appearances.

Other effects arising from brain injuries may include costs of treatment, alienation from others and strain on relationships such marriages.

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You Got In An Accident – Should You Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?

You just got in an accident and you are hurt. Most people don’t know what to do or who to call. We’ve all heard about big dollar settlements from cases where someone was hurt, but probably don’t know one of these people personally. And we probably are not attorneys either so we don’t know the law and what our rights are. So how do you know if you require hiring a lawyer?

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Car accidents are the area that most personal injury actions happen. You need to prove the other person was negligent in the accident. If you are in a blunder state, you need to prove negligence by showing that the other driver failed to exercise reasonable care. All drivers have a liability to exercise reasonable care when they drive on the roads. When the other driver breaches that responsibility and you are injured, then personal injury law states you can file suit for your losses. However, the system is different in states that have passed no-fault laws.

There is another basis for personal injury claims. Stern Liability is an area of tort law that is gaining in importance. Strict liability means that if a manufacturer makes a product that is defective, or if it is designed poorly, they can be liable if you are injured by that product. This is different than negligence, but you must prove that the design or manufacturing process of that product make it dangerous, especially when it is used as it was intended to be used.

tort-lawAnother basis for injury claims is Intentional Wrongs. You don’t see those cases filed as much, but it is still valid. Lets say someone hits you in the face, even if they are joking around, you could win a suit for battery. Or you are shopping in a store, and the security guards think you have stolen something and detain you wrongfully. You could be able to win a lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment. These are civil claims, and they could also face criminal charges, but personal injury claims fall under the civil category.

Now we come to damages. Did you suffer any monetary or physical damages from your injuries? What type of accident was you in, was it intentional? What is the nature and extent of your damages? Just because you were hurt, does not mean that you automatically are eligible to collect a big payday. You need to prove this in court, and let the court decide the compensation for your loss. However, many lawsuits don’t make it to court and are settled before that happens.

What is the statue of limitations for that type of case? Every state is different & the time limits you have to file a case are different for the kind of cases you are filing. You have a specific amount of time to file a personal injury case, so you need to know what that is. For example, you might have only one year to file an auto accident case. Once that time is has passed, your case can be thrown out of court.