Experienced Brain Injury Attorneys in Albany, New York
At Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP, we understand the brain and how it works. We know that each of the brain lobes has its own purpose and many of them are interrelated. There are other areas of the brain such as the amygdala (responsible for the primal animalistic response of fight or flight) or the pituitary gland (the master gland for hormones) that can affect very specific behaviors or bodily functions.
Depending on the area of the brain injury, a person may be able to read, but not write, or speak but not hear, or recognize road signs but not recognize his or her spouse or children.
Myth: If one area of the brain is damaged, another area will compensate. Truth: In some cases an older brain can 'rewire' itself for partial recovery but 100% compensation rarely occurs. In a younger brain this rewiring does not typically occur because the pathways were not created in the first place. There is no existing route onto which the brain can reroute the traffic.
How the Brain Reacts to Trauma
The brain is a complex organ, but in some ways it is like any other organ. If it is injured it will bleed or swell. The difference with a brain injury is that it can impact all of the other organs within your body.
Immediate reactions include:
- Build up of fluid (water on the brain)
Immediate consequences can be mild, moderate or severe. The lesser consequences are called mild, but to the person experiencing them, they do not seem mild or minor. They can be physical (headaches), cognitive (inability to concentrate) or emotional (irritability). If your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury, they could experience these consequences:
- Severe — Coma lasting more than 24 hours
- Moderate — Concussion, post-concussion syndrome (also known as shell shock) and post-traumatic amnesia (PTA)
- Mild — Disorientation, fatigue, a change in personality, irritability, cognitive deficits (inability to think or learn) and memory loss
A mild traumatic brain injury can also result in PTA or a coma lasting 30 minutes or less. The list of consequences above is very abbreviated. If you or a loved one had a head accident and lost consciousness, be aware that the results could be long term.
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Our Albany law firm offers evening and weekend appointments, and we can make hospital visits if necessary. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day so please call 518-480-2151 or contact us via e-mail.