Brain Injuries

Your brain is amazing!

The typical brain comprises 2% of the body’s weight, but uses 20% of its total energy and oxygen intake.  That makes sense considering it consists of about 86 billion brain cells.  A piece of brain tissue, the size of a grain of sand, contains about 100,000 neurons, and 1 billion synapses, all communicating with each other, constantly.  As a result, the brain generates about 48.6 thoughts per minute, or about 70,000 thoughts per day.  So, the destruction, or degeneration, of brain cells through neurotrauma, brain damage, or a brain injury can have a huge impact on your life. 

Different Types of Brain Injuries

Genetic brain injuries, and congenital brain injuries are caused before birth.   Acquired brain injuries are injuries that happen after birth, from injury.  Most acquired brain injuries are the result of a traumatic brain injury, sometimes called a TBI.  Traumatic brain injuries follow physical trauma or a head injury from an outside source.  Traumatic brain injuries are caused by things like blows to the head. 

Causes of Brain Injuries

Head Injuries and brain injuries can be caused by a number of different things including:

  • Trauma including:
    • Open head injuries (where something touches the brain like a linear fracture, or a depressed skull fracture);
    • Closed head injuries (where something rattles or otherwise traumatizes the brain like a concussion, or a brain bleed);
    • Multiple traumatic injuries (where the brain sustains multiple injuries like football players and boxers with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE);
  • Deceleration injuries;
  • Poisoning (such as from mercury poisoning or lead poisoning);
  • Infections;
  • Surgery;
  • Exposure to neurotoxins;
  • Drug overdose;
  • Overmedication; and
  • Hypoxic or anoxic brain injuries caused by things like:
    • Choking;
    • Near Drowning;
    • Smoke inhalation;
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning; and
    • Electric shock 

Effects of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are probably the most serious injuries you can have.  The idea of permanent impairment, loss of function, and/or personality changes are terrifying enough.  But, then you start considering how that will affect the rest of your life, and the lives of those around you.  You never wanted to be a burden, but now you can’t help but feel that you are.

In the following example, you can see how two people, even in the same accident, with roughly the same injuries, might be affected very differently.  Victim A and Victim B were in the car together when they were hit, head-on, by a drunk driver.  Both were wearing their seatbelts.  Victim A got a concussion.  Victim A had short-term headaches, and memory loss surrounding the accident, and Victim A needed a week off work.  But, Victim A had no long term effects.  Victim B also got a concussion.  But, Victim B develops post-concussion syndrome, and ends up with sensitivity to light and noise, dizziness, memory issues, headaches, narcolepsy, and brain fog, making it much more difficult for Victim B to return to work, and keep a job. 

Signs and Symptoms of Brain Injuries

If you, or a loved one, has had a brain injury, you may notice a variety of signs and symptoms ranging from:

  • Headaches;
  • Confusion;
  • Tinnitus (or a ringing in the ear);
  • Loss of Taste or Smell;
  • Fatigue;
  • Changes in Sleep Patterns;
  • Changes in Mood or Behavior;
  • Feeling “Foggy” or “Off”;
  • Mental Fatigue;
  • Trouble Tracking Time;
  • Trouble with:Memory;
  • Concentration;
  • Attention; and/or
  • Thinking;
  • Aggressiveness;
  • Abnormal Behavior;
  • Slurred Speech;
  • Coma;
  • Other Disorders of Consciousness;
  • Physical Symptoms That Worsen or Don’t Go Away Like:
    • Vomiting;
    • Nausea;
    • Convulsions;
    • Abnormal Dilation of the Eyes;
    • Inability to Awaken From Sleep;
    • Pain;
    • Weakness in Extremities; and/or
    • Loss of Coordination

Children, who suffer from pediatric brain injuries, can also experience:

  • Changes in Eating Habits;
  • Persistent Irritability or Sadness;
  • Changes in Attention; and/or
  • Disrupted Sleeping Habits.

Finding a Brain Injury Lawyer

The effects of brain injuries can be wide and varied, even amongst people with similar seeming injuries. The brain is amazingly complex and brain injury cases can be incredibly complex.  If you have suffered a brain injury, you will need a top brain injury lawyer to represent you.  Attorney John McCarthy is locally grown, but nationally known as one of the best traumatic brain injury lawyers.  Attorney McCarthy majored in neurobiology, physiology, and behavioral sciences, at UC Davis, until he decided he’d rather be a lawyer than a doctor.  Even though he decided he’d rather be a lawyer than a doctor, he maintained his interest and passion for medicine and for helping people through complex problems.  That interest and passion helped him understand the emerging field of neuroplasticity, which helped him make a complete recovery from his own brain injury after going into sudden cardiac arrest because of an unknown genetic condition.  He knows the fear that comes with not knowing if the fog will ever lift, and if you’ll ever remember anything.  He knows what it’s like to worry about being a burden on the people you love.  He knows how scary it can be and he knows how he got through it himself.    

Attorney McCarthy made a complete recovery, but he knows how lucky he was.  If you have suffered a brain injury, you’re already facing an uncertain future.  The last thing you want is to be uncertain about your attorney.  Submit a fast, free, confidential case evaluation form today.  An award-winning brain injury attorney, who knows what you’re going through, will review and respond in 24 hours or less.  What are you waiting for?        



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