In terms of physical appearance, it is a fairly unimpressive three-pound gray, wrinkled and somewhat gelatinous-looking mass. In terms of its workings, however, the human brain has amazed and baffled people throughout the ages. Although the physiology, structure and biochemistry of the human brain have been studied since ancient times, it is only in recent years that science has begun to unlock the inner workings of this remarkable organ. Most experts believe we have only just begun to truly understand its many mysteries; many believe we will never fully comprehend them.
Did you know that you can’t tickle yourself because your brain can distinguish between your touch and that of another person? Or that there are people called “supertasters” whose brains allow them to detect some flavors most people can’t? Nobody knows why.
As with sophisticated computers and other complex and sensitive man-made devices, however, the brain is highly sensitive to environmental and physical influences. This is particularly true of physical injury caused by sudden force, referred to by medical professionals as “traumatic brain injury” (or “TBI”). The thick bones of the human skull and internal “cushioning” structures and fluids have evolved as protection. However, just as your laptop computer can be broken beyond repair if dropped on the floor, a blow to or sudden movement of the head (for example, “whiplash” from a rear-end automobile collision) can drive the brain into the inside of the skull. In the least serious cases, the resulting bruising causes the headaches, nausea and other symptoms generally called “concussion”.
However, to function properly, the brain also requires a large supply of oxygen, brought to it through the constant flow of blood. Scientists estimate that the average human brain contains more than 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Many of these are microscopic and very delicate. A TBI may break these tiny vessels, causing blood to leak out into the space between the brain and the skull. While much sturdier, the skull nevertheless acts like an eggshell, sealed tightly around and protecting the delicate “yolk” and “white” of the brain. Blood that leaks from vessels damaged by a TBI therefore has nowhere to go, and pressure begins to build. Left untreated, this so-called “intercranial bleeding” pressure will eventually begin to kill the very brain cells it was supposed to be there to nourish.
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Brain cells need that same oxygen just to survive. If a person is deprived of oxygen for any reason (such as, for example, choking), his or her brain cells will begin to die after only a few minutes, and irreparable damage to brain function, and eventually death, will follow if oxygen flow isn’t promptly restored. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that caused a brain injury contact the experienced attorneys at Lucido & Manzella P.C. today to discuss your options for compensation at (586) 842-0198.