What Are The Causes And Effects Of Brain-Stem Injuries?

Accidents result in various injuries. Brain and spinal cord injuries are frequent accident injuries. These injuries can lead to permanent impairments and disabilities.

What Is the Brain Stem?

The brain stem is situated at the brain’s base. It connects the spinal cord to the brain. Brain stem consists of three structures.

Each component of the brain stem regulates specific bodily functions. A debilitating condition could result from damage to one or more of the sections of the brain stem.

These are the parts of the brain stem:

  • The control of the heart rate, respiratory functions, and blood pressure by the Medulla Oblongata.
  • The Pons helps regulate posture, the senses, balance, bladder control, and swallowing.
  • The region of the midbrain that helps regulate motor functions, sleep, temperature regulation, vision, and hearing.

The extent of disruption to body functions is determined by the location and severity of the brain stem injury. In severe cases, brain stem injuries can result in life-threatening conditions due to the disruption of vital body functions.

A brain stem injury necessitates immediate medical attention. A physician should diagnose any neck or head injury. A timely diagnosis of a brain stem injury can save a patient’s life and allow the physician to develop a treatment plan that maximises the patient’s chance of survival and recovery.

Effects of a Brain Stem Injury

A brain stem injury can have devastating effects on a patient. Depending on the severity of the injury, the patient may need personal and medical care around-the-clock.

Among the effects of a brain stem injury are, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Consciousness loss or coma
  • impaired vision
  • Hearing impairment
  • Problems ingesting
  • Paralysis
  • lisping speech
  • Hearing impairment
  • Decreases in motor performance
  • Lack of smell or other senses
  • Abnormal sleeping patterns or insomnia
  • Loss or interruption of bodily functions
  • breathing difficulties
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Modified heart rate
  • Vomiting, nausea, and/or dizziness

It is prudent for accident victims to seek medical attention after any head or neck injury, but they must seek immediate medical attention if they exhibit symptoms of brain injury. Additionally, prompt medical care increases the likelihood of recovering full compensation for damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

Causes of Brain Stem Injuries

Brain stem injuries can be caused by any type of trauma or accident. Brain stem injuries can also result from intentional acts of violence, sports, and recreational activities.

Common accidents that can result in a brain stem injury include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle collisions
  • Truck accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents

When another party is responsible for the accident or situation that leads to a brain stem injury, that party may be liable for the victim’s damages. The personal injury laws of New York provide a legal avenue for victims to seek compensation for injuries, losses, and damages.

Damages Available for a Brain Stem Injury Claim

Because the effects of a brain injury can necessitate care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the damages associated with a brain stem injury claim can be substantial. Some people may need personal and medical care for the remainder of their lives. Other patients may require months of intensive therapy and time away from work during their recovery.

Even if a patient recovers and returns to work, he or she may require months of occupational and vocational therapy before returning to normal activities and employment. Care, therapy, and treatment can total hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In addition to financial losses, victims of injuries to the brain stem frequently endure intense physical, emotional, and mental suffering and anguish. For victims with a permanent impairment as a result of a brain stem injury, a change in lifestyle is necessary. They might also experience a decline in life quality.

All of these damages are included in a claim for injuries to the brain stem. Some of these damages can be difficult to quantify. Although it is impossible to quantify your pain and suffering, you must do so nonetheless.

With the assistance of a seasoned brain injury attorney, you can maximise the value of your damages in order to obtain the maximum compensation for your brain stem injury claim.

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm

Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.

Abrams Law Group
104-70 Queens Boulevard, Suite 502
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 997-9797

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