Glossary of Brain Injury Terms

Abuila: This is the inability to make decisions, to provide long or detailed responses to questions, slow reactions, and lack of willpower.

Anoxia: This is the lack of oxygen to an organ, and in the case of brain injuries it can cause brain death. This condition that causes the lack of oxygen to an organ has negative effects on the organ.

Aphasia: The inability to understand language or to speak.

Ataxia: This condition is related to damage to the brain and causes difficulties with muscle coordination.

Brain Plasticity: The brains ability to have unused parts of the brain to take over functions normally done by the areas of the brain that are damaged.

Concussion: This is a blow to the head that can be mild or severe in nature and cause temporary or permanent change in functions.

Contrecoup: This is a bruise to the brain tissue that is caused by the shaking of the brain inside of the skull and does not need to be near the site of the injury.

Diffuse Axonal Injury: This is an injury to brain nerve tissue in multiple areas of the brain that can also be known as shearing and is the primary cause of brain injuries. This disrupts the brain function and communication.

Edma: This is a fluid buildup that causes swelling.

Emotional Liability: This is mood swings that can occur rapidly and without a reason that could cause it.

Hematoma: The buildup of blood in the tissues that occurs after an injury.

Hypoxia: This is an insufficient amount of oxygen to the organs.

Intracranial Pressure: Pressure that occurs in the brain from cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain.

Locked-in Syndrome: A paralyzed state that the brain injury victim cannot communicate or move, but is awake and completely aware of their surroundings or activity.

Persistent Vegetative State: This is an ongoing condition, but not a comatose state, in which the patient cannot move or speak audibly.
Seizure: This is the uncontrolled movements of the body due to the discharge of nerve energy that causes convulsions. It can also cause loss of consciousness and in the brain injury victim can cause behavioral changes.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a traumatic brain injury these are some of the words and definitions that will become familiar. This can be a difficult and stressful time for the brain injury victim and their family and the brain injury attorney can help to hold the negligent party that caused the brain injury.

Our brain injury attorneys also deal in skull fractures, and have the experience needed to assist the brain injury client and their family, by informing the client every step of the way and aggressively pursuing the case in court. To reach our brain injury attorney at Ehline Law call 888-400-9721. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer click here, is waiting for your important telephone call.

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