A brain injury can affect people differently. The San Francisco brain injury attorneys at Abramson Smith Waldsmith, LLP, work closely with clients to ensure they receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment for their injuries. Our experience handling such cases, and our access to medical and investigative experts has enabled us to build a track record of successful results for our clients. To learn more, contact a personal injury lawyer at our law firm to schedule a free initial consultation.
The brain stem (base of the brain) is located near bony protrusions that make it vulnerable to damage during trauma. The brain stem serves to provide the individual with basic attention, arousal and consciousness. The brain stem connects the brain to the body and performs basic survival functions such as breathing and heart rate.
When trauma causes brain swelling, fluid pushes up against the skull and can cause the brain to push down on the brain stem. This compression of the brain stem can damage the part of the brain that is responsible for consciousness.
Signs and symptoms associated with a brain stem injury include:
- Altered heart rate
- Loss of consciousness
- Abnormal breathing patterns
- Inability to control movement
- Inability to cough or gag
- Abnormal sleeping patterns
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