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Why some brain injuries are assessed and treated differently

In a number of our posts, we have noted that not all brain injuries are the same and that different treatments may be necessary depending on the injury. Through this post, we will briefly explain why that is.

Essentially, the brain is made up of neurons that form nerve tracts that carry messages from certain parts of the brain to the body. These messages help in carrying out a number of bodily functions, including, but not limited to, body movements, balance, personality, memory and heart rate. For all of these functions to work in concert, the brain has to be fully functional. If a part of the brain is injured, one or a few functions may not work properly. 

Additionally, the brain is divided into several sections, called lobes. Each lobe is responsible for carrying messages to regulate a particular body function. For instance, the frontal lobe carries messages regulating attention, concentration, awareness, inhibition and emotions. Similarly, the parietal lobe manages sense of touch, differentiation of colors, vision and depth perception. Further, the cerebellum lobe controls, balance and motor skills.

Depending on how the brain was injured, a number of different functions could be affected. This is why a concussion affecting the frontal lobe would not be treated the same way as an injury to the cerebellum lobe.

As always, the preceding is not to be construed as medical or legal advice. If you have questions about your injury or whether your treatment (or the lack thereof) forms the basis for a legal action, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help.


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