Healthy vs. Injured Brain

As a Personal Injury Law Firm in Sacramento, Ca, we know that when someone has been injured in an accident, they have a whole bunch of questions that need to be answered. This is especially true when dealing with complex injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury. To understand more clearly what happens when a brain is injured in an accident, take a look at how a healthy brain and an injured brain are described by the Brain Injury Association:

A healthy brain

To understand what happens when the brain is injured, it is important to realize what a healthy brain is made of and what it does. The brain is enclosed inside the skull. The skull acts as a protective covering for the soft brain. The brain is made of neurons (nerve cells). The neurons form tracts that route throughout the brain. These nerve tracts carry messages to various parts of the brain. The brain uses these messages to perform functions. The functions include our coordinating our body’s systems, such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and metabolism; thought processing; body movements; personality; behavior; and the senses, such as vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Each part of the brain serves a specific function and links with other parts of the brain to form more complex functions.

An injured brain

When a brain injury occurs, the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, or sections of the brain can be affected. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, they can be unable or have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain what to do. This can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels, and moves the body. Brain injury can also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature; blood pressure; bowel and bladder control. These changes can be temporary or permanent. They may cause impairment or a complete inability to perform a function.

If you or someone you love have been injured in an accident and are suffering from a brain injury, please do not hesitate to call us. Please call us at the Law Offices of Moseley Collins, (916) 444-4444, we are here to help.

For more information on causes of brain injuries, please visit the Brain Injury Association website.

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