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Brain Function And Learning After A Traumatic Brain Injury

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Brain Injuries Can Have Delayed Reactions

A coma, loss of consciousness and temporary amnesia are all common brain injury lawyers (TBI) reactions that occur shortly after the injury. There are other consequences that only become apparent over time. If you are the parent of a child who has suffered a brain injury, please be aware that some of the brain damage may not show until your child is a teenager, or even older.

A recent study by the National Institutes of Health demonstrated that the part of the brain that controls risky behavior and thinking skills is not fully developed until the age of 25.

When a child or young adult suffers a brain injury, the brain has more difficulty rerouting information along uninjured pathways, because those pathways do not yet exist. The 'road' on the brain's information highway has not yet been built.

At Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP, we understand how the brain works. As brain injury lawyers, we know that we must be patient as the effects of the brain injury are revealed. This does not mean you should delay in obtaining legal representation. In fact, the sooner you act, the better. Why? Because the success of a brain injury lawsuit depends on two things: finding fault and proving damage. To find fault we must often act quickly to conduct interviews, preserve evidence and gather all the facts. To prove damage, we need to conduct a comprehensive assessment.

Delayed reactions could include:

  • Behavior differences (inappropriate behavior, anti-social behavior, depression, lack of impulse control)
  • Physical problems (spastic tremors, fatigue, balance issues, headaches, eye-hand coordination problems, seizures)
  • Cognitive issues such as a permanent decrease in the ability to learn new information or new tasks (reading, writing, mathematics) at the same rate as peers

Parents need a good evaluation to identify the short- and long-term needs. Our traumatic brain injury attorneys work with specialists and experts to identify those needs, which could include:

  • Physical therapy (long term or short term)
  • Drug therapy
  • Counseling
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

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