Diffuse Axonal Injuries

Diffuse Axonal Injury to the brain injury is caused when there is rotation and disturbance of the brain inside the skull. This, which can be caused by a motor vehicle accident can partially or fully cut brain axons, which are the connecting nerve fibers in the brain. This type of brain damage is hard to assess because they can be caused by small tears that are difficult to visualize. If you have received a diagnosis of “mild brain injury” your injuries may heal over time. Often however, a axonal injury can cause permanent and extensive incapacity anywhere form unconsciousness to a permanent vegetative state and eventual wrongful death.

Today, medicine has not come up with methods to treat effectively treat diffuse axonal injuries. Some experts have found that damage to axons occur within 24 hours after the head trauma or other type of head injury.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a Diffuse Axonal Injury, get expert medical care and also contact an brain injury lawyer at McAleer Law at 404-622-5337.

DAI or Diffuse axonal injury is probably the most often seen and incapacitating types of brain injury. This type of brain injury is seen when there are multiple lesions to the white matter and is one of the primary causes of loss of consciousness and worse a permanent vegetative state caused after a head injury such as being involved in a trucking accident. DAI is seen in almost half of cases involving extreme head trauma and also is seen in cases of moderate and even mild brain trauma. The prognosis of DAI is often coma, with over ninety percent of patients never coming out of coma. Those who wake up from a coma often remain permanently and profoundly impaired. DAI can occur in many forms of severity. Concussion is considered a mild form of DIA.

Lesions from DAI vary in size from about 1–15mm and most commonly impact white matter of the brain including the corpus callosum and the brain stem. The lobes of the brain is also subject to DAI and is typically seen in the frontal and temporal lobes.

DAI is difficult to diagnose because it is not always clearly visualized on CT scans or with other imaging techniques. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is more useful than CT for detecting characteristics of diffuse axonal injury. Since some damage in DAI is for the most part caused by secondary biochemical changes, it’s onset can be delayed such that someone with DAI who at first seems well may decline later. For this reason this injury is often more severe than what is first believed.

DAI injury is not subject to a specialized treatment regiment other than stabilizing the victim and attempting to decrease intracranial pressure.

Once your condition has stabilized, call McAleer Law to discuss your legal options when a DAI was caused by an automobile accident, a premises slip or trip and fall, or any type of negligence. Call 404-622-5337.

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