The Role Of Brain Anatomy In Traumatic Brain Injuries
The brain is made of soft tissue inside a protective skull. It is a complex system of neurons that control a wide range of functions, including thinking, breathing, physical movement, personality, behavior and sensations (touch, smell and hearing) that help us interpret our existence and the world around us.
When the brain is damaged — pierced, hit, bruised, swollen, herniated or deprived of oxygen — the precise area damaged and the severity of the injury will result in widely varying symptoms. Traumatic brain injury is usually diagnosed by degrees: mild, moderate or severe. All have long-term effects.
Different parts of the brain control various aspects of human behavior, so medical experts can often predict the types of limitations a TBI victim may encounter based on the location of the brain injury.
The parts of the human brain include:
- Frontal lobe: This area of the brain controls problem solving, judgment, inhibition of behavior, planning, emotion, personality, mental flexibility, ability to express oneself through speech and organizational capacity.
- Temporal lobe: The temporal lobe is involved in memory functions, hearing, speech comprehension and sequencing.
- Parietal lobe: The parietal lobe of the brain gives us our sense of touch, as well as spatial and visual perception.
- Occipital lobe: Vision is controlled by the occipital lobe.
- Cerebellum: Balance, coordination and motor skill activities depend on the cerebellum.
- Brain stem: The brain stem manages critical and life-sustaining body functions, including breathing, heart rate, sleep and wake cycles, concentration, and consciousness.
Damage to any of these areas can seriously and permanently affect the injured person. At the Walkup law firm, our lawyers have dealt with almost all types and causes of brain injuries and many levels of severity.
Severity Of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The severity of a person’s brain injury can drastically impact his or her quality of life. Traumatic brain injuries may be mild, moderate or severe. The severity of a person’s brain injury may impact his or her ability to recover and limit the scope of daily activities.
Whatever the type or severity of traumatic brain injury, you and your family need to consult an attorney experienced with brain injury claims and litigation — a TBI attorney from Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger.
The traumatic brain injury attorneys and spinal cord injury lawyers at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger represent clients in California and Nevada. Our lawyers will meet with injured people and their families in our office, at your home or in your hospital room.
For a free consultation to discuss your TBI case, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact the Walkup firm online.
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger handles brain injury cases throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Fremont.