Neurological Damage

Neurological Damage Modesto

When a person suffers a brain injury as the result of a car accident, a fall or being hit on the head, they suffer neurological damage. Neurological damage is any form of injury to the body’s nervous system. The nervous system not only controls your body’s automatic functions, such as heart rate and blood pressure, but also your motor functions and senses.

Depending on where your brain was injured and the severity of the impact to the head, the degree of neurological damage may range from minor impairment to permanent disability. If you suffered a concussion, whiplash or some other brain injury due to the negligence of somebody, you are may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced attorneys at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin in Modesto, California, can help.

The Mechanics of a Brain Injury

Neurological damage takes place in two parts. The primary injury occurs at the time of initial brain injury, such as when a head snaps sharply forward and back following a motor vehicle crash. This may result in a variety of injuries such as bruising, lacerations to the brain tissue itself or nerve damage caused by the cutting or shearing forces against the brain.

Damage to the nerves from shearing or stretching the neurons may be so severe that they are no longer able to transmit signals to other neurons. This may impede basic functions such as breathing, requiring the assistance to breath.

The secondary injuries are the injuries that emerge in the hours and days after a closed head injury. A secondary injury may take weeks before it is noticed. Some examples include:

  • Brain edema: Edema refers to the swelling of the brain. This happens when injured cells within the brain are damaged and take on water and the brain begins to swell. Because the brain is in an enclosed space, the intracranial pressure builds up, threatening other cells.
  • Epilepsy: Epilepsy is a condition that causes nerve cell clusters in the brain known as neurons to fire improperly. Rapid-firing neurons may cause a person to convulse, experience muscle spasms or lose consciousness.
  • Cardiac or lung changes: Because nerve damage can affect the brain’s automatic functions, there may be changes in the person’s heart rate, blood pressure or breathing ability in the days and weeks after an accident.

Neurological damage may last for months or years. Treatment for brain injuries is focused on restoring as much of the original functions that were affected as possible. In some instances, complete restoration of abilities may not be possible. When functions cannot be restored, rehabilitation focuses on adapting to do things differently.

Medical and rehabilitative costs associated with brain injuries can be extensive. If you or a loved one suffered neurological damage as a result of a brain injury, get help from one of our skilled lawyers. Our lawyers pursue the maximum possible compensation for injured individuals in the Central Valley and Northern California. To learn more about our experience and how we can help you, call our firm to set up an appointment at (209) 522-2211. If you prefer, you can reach us by e-mail.