You may be shocked to learn that 1.7 million people suffer brain injuries each year. The loss of a person’s cognitive abilities can have a severe impact on their lives. Not only is your ability to earn a living threatened, brain injuries can intensely effect your interactions with loved ones, co-workers and the general public.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention, the leading causes of brain injuries are:
- Falls (35.2%)
- Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (17.3%)
- Struck by vehicle/object events (16.5%)
- Assaults (10%)
The brain controls all bodily functions, so these injuries can affect not only who you are, but also the way you think, act, and feel. In addition, a brain injury may have unpredictable consequences; it can change everything about you in a matter of seconds. It is an unfortunate fact that in an instant, a negligent driver, property owner or employer can change your life that dramatically. A Los Angeles brain injury attorney from our firm is always available to answer your questions. We provide free legal consultation.
What is a Brain Injury?
A brain injury can affect the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, or other sections of the brain. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, messages that would normally go to the brain can be interrupted. In addition to affecting a person’s interactions with others, brain injuries can also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature; blood pressure; bowel and bladder control. These changes can be temporary or permanent and can range from impairment to a complete inability to perform a function.
The functional sections of the brain are divided into right and left sides. The right and the left side of the brain are responsible for different functions so an injury to either, or both can cause extreme consequences.
Injuries of the left side of the brain can cause:
- Difficulties in understanding language (receptive language)
- Difficulties in speaking or verbal output (expressive language)
- Catastrophic reactions (depression, anxiety)
- Verbal memory deficits
- Impaired logic
- Sequencing difficulties
- Decreased control over right-sided body movements
Injuries of the right side of the brain can cause:
- Visual-spatial impairment
- Visual memory deficits
- Left neglect (inattention to the left side of the body)
- Decreased awareness of deficits
- Altered creativity and music perception
- Loss of “the big picture” type of thinking
- Decreased control over left-sided body movements
Diffuse Brain Injury (These injuries are scattered throughout both sides of the brain) can cause:
- Reduced thinking speed
- Reduced attention and concentration
- Impaired cognitive (thinking) skills in all areas
Resources for Brain Injury Victims
Brain Injury Association of California
The Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL) is a non-profit membership organization providing information, resources, education, advocacy and support for those affected by brain injury.
Toll Free Brain Injury Information Hotline: (800) 444-6443
Be Aware! The law limits the time you can file suit for a brain injury. Should you miss this deadline, you may be denied the ability to file suit in the future.