Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body. It allows you to take your nightly walk around Dupont Circle, decide if you’d rather eat at Sweet Peas or Raku, and basically tells your body what to do and when. Unfortunately—despite the protection of your skull—the brain is one of the organs most susceptible to damage.
Any type of brain injury, be it small or traumatic, has the potential to cause severe damage to your body. This is why it is extremely important to not only seek medical attention with all head injuries, but also to receive the proper treatment and rehabilitation your brain needs to recover.
The human brain is made up of several sections that directly regulate your body. If you suffered a head injury, any one of them could be affected. These sections and their functions include:
Outer Brain (Cerebrum)
- Frontal Lobe – accountable for reasoning, speech, movement, emotions
- Parietal Lobe – movement
- Occipital Lobe – visual processing and identification
- Temporal Lobe – memory, speech, auditory recognition and perception
- Cerebellum – movement, posture, and balance
Inner Brain (Limbic System)
- Thalamus – sensory and motor functions
- Hypothalamus – emotion, thirst, hunger, sleep rhythms, control of the pituitary
- Amygdala – memory, emotion and fear
- Hippocampus – learning and memory
- Brain stem – breathing, heartbeat, blood pressure, and basic life functions
All of these functions are vital to live a healthy and normal life. However, if an injury damages these sections, you may lose the ability to perform even the simplest of tasks.
Treatment and rehabilitation can help you relearn and recover from a brain injury, to give you back your life. But all therapies for brain injury patients are expensive. If you were injured by the negligence of another person, it’s unfair to expect you to pay for your own recovery.
Contact Shevlin Smith if you need help with a D.C. brain injury lawsuit. We can help get you the necessary treatment you deserve. Everyday you wait, the more severe your injury may become. Call us today at 703.591.0067.