Brain Injury Glossary Terms
Research is an important piece of the brain injury puzzle. It helps to understand what effects a brain injury can have on a patient as well as his or her family. Breyer Law Offices, P.C., our personal injury lawyers, have created a glossary of brain injury terms to help you better understand this debilitating condition.
- Acute rehabilitation - A program at a treatment center designed to help a stable brain injury patient with comprehensive treatment.
- Closed head injury - A blow to the head that damages the brain and can cause long-term disabilities. A closed brain injury can occur in a sports injury, car accident, or because of a strike to the head.
- Cognitive injury - Struggles with perception, attention, reasoning and memory.
- Cognitive rehabilitation - Therapeutic efforts to help the patient address a decrease in memory, thinking, problem solving, and perception occurs with cognitive rehabilitation. The patient will learn skills to compensate for their lack of ability.
- Frontal lobe - The frontal lobe is the area of the brain that involves higher cognitive abilities such as organization, attention, personality and problem-solving abilities.
- Glasgow Coma Scale - Used to determine the seriousness of the brain injury as well as the amount of damage the injury has caused.
- Mild brain injury - Damage to the brain that can be temporary such as a loss of consciousness, loss of memory, and feelings of dizziness or confusion is a mild brain injury. A concussion is a type of mild brain injury.
- Traumatic brain injury - Commonly known as TBI, this injury causes damage to the brain after a severe blow to the head or an object penetrating the brain. Results of a traumatic brain injury can be damage to the cognitive, neurologic and mental abilities of the patient.
- Vegetative State - A condition in which a patient does not respond, speak or follow instructions for a long period.
- Whiplash - An injury typically caused by a motor vehicle accident that thrust the head and neck violently.
Additional resources are located at the Brain Injury Association of America website and in their legal terms for people with brain injuries. Alexis and Mark Breyer offer a free consultation to brain injury patients and their families and can explain terms that you may not have heard. You can contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C., by submitting a case form online.
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