The brain is soft and jello-like in consistency. It is composed of millions of fine nerve fibers, and “floats” in cerebral-spinal fluid within the hard, bony skull. When the head is struck suddenly, strikes a stationary object, or is shaken violently, the mechanical force of this motion is transmitted to the brain.
It is important to understand that a concussion is a physical injury to the brain that causes a disruption of normal functioning just like any other physical injury disrupts your normal functioning. For example, some ankle injuries (i.e., sprains and fractures) are more disruptive than others, just as some brain injuries are more disruptive than others. The better we understand any injury, the better our chances are for a speedier and healthier recovery.
It is important to remember that a concussion or other brain injury may not involve a loss of consciousness. There are many different ways a brain injury can present itself. If you or someone you love has experienced a brain injury it is important to have that injury diagnosed as soon as possible.
Brain Injuries can be diagnosed using several methods. These include CT Scans, MRI and Neuropsychological Testing. Because the brain is such a complex structure, a brain injury may not show up on even the most sensitive specialized diagnostic testing. There are also specialized MRI scans that cannot be performed at every hospital. Just because a CT Scan or an MRI does not show injury to the brain, does not mean a person has not suffered a brain injury. It just means that the things which a CT Scan or MRI looks for as clues did not appear.
If you or someone you love has sustained a brain injury and requires legal advice, call the Louisville Brain Injury Attorneys of Murphy & Associates PLC at 502-473-6464today.