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Understanding the Brain Can Mean Winning Your Case

The brain is a magnificently complex organ. It is still being studied in an attempt to achieve fuller understanding. Scientists, doctors and other experts understand a lot — and yet there remains a degree of mystery. The complexity of the brain is one of the reasons why a TBI, or traumatic brain injury can have such dramatic effects on one's life. At Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP, we have access to the latest information, the best doctors and the most highly regarded experts. These are some of the tools our brain injury lawyers use on behalf of our clients.

How the Brain Works and Why It Matters

The brain is responsible for nearly everything a person does — from breathing or batting practice to swallowing and sudoku. Without your brain, you couldn't tell your fingers to grip a pencil. Without your brain, you could not swallow your morning coffee. Without your brain, it would be difficult to reason, empathize, love or laugh.

The part of the brain that is injured will impact the way you function. Here's what each part of your brain controls, and why it matters in a brain injury:

  • Brain stem — This area connects the brain to the spinal column. It controls the most basic functions such as breathing, heart rate, the ability to feel and react to pain and the ability to swallow. A damaged brain stem that does not result in death may instead result in the loss of a key biological function or paralysis.
  • Temporal lobe — This area, located on the left and right side of the brain, takes sensory information from the nervous system and is the key area for memory and language and many auditory functions. A temporal lobe injury could result in anything from memory loss to the inability to recognize faces.
  • Occipital lobe — This area, located in the back of the head, is related to sight and also affects the ability to read and write. Even if the eyes are not injured, an injury to the occipital lobe can bring about total blindness.
  • Parietal lobe — This lobe is located above the occipital lobe and behind the frontal lobe. It is responsible for spatial relationships and the ability to understand numbers. An injury to this area of the brain could result in anything from not being able to read a map and getting lost, to being able to read (but not write) or lose the ability to add and subtract.
  • Frontal lobe — The frontal lobe, located forward on the top of the brain, is the part of the brain that is understood the least. It is responsible for many of the higher functions that make us distinctly human. This includes many of our social skills and the ability to make a choice between a good or bad action. Long-term memory is also connected with this area of the brain.

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