Diffuse Axonal Injury occurs when axons (the parts of nerve cells that allow neurons to send messages between them) are disrupted. It is an injury to multiple areas of the brain. It is among the most common of brain injuries and can occur in all types of head injuries from the most mild to the most severe. Its effect can be devastating and it is, in fact, one of the leading causes of death in people with traumatic brain injury.

Diffuse Axonal Injury does not result from a direct blow to the head but rather results from the movement of the brain back and forth in the skull as a result of a sudden deceleration or acceleration. These injuries are often seen in automobile accidents, sports accidents, violent falls, shaken baby syndrome and other flexion/extension injury scenarios.

Symptoms of Diffuse Axonal Injury can include loss of consciousness for moments or hours although loss of consciousness does not occur in all cases. Diagnostics include cognitive evaluation, MRI, CT Scan, Evoked Potentials and EEGs.

Immediate treatment includes measures to reduce inflammation. Long term care often requires a multidisciplinary staff including doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other specialists to devise an individualized program designed to return the patient to the maximum level of function. The rehabilitation phase may include:

  • Speech therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Adaptive equipment training
  • Counseling
Prognosis of Diffuse Axonal Injury is uncertain. In some cases, complete recovery occurs. In others, permanent impairment can range from the mild to the severe.

Proof of causation and proof of the full extent of impact on daily living of Diffuse Axonal Injury requires knowledge of or experience with the injury. The Erie Diffuse Axonal Injury lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. have experience with cases involving traumatic brain injuries. Our primary goal and objective is to make sure our clients and their families receive the compensation and resources they need to treat and manage their Diffuse Axonal Injury and to compensate them for their losses.

As skilled Erie injury lawyers who have helped injured clients and their families with traumatic brain injuries and Diffuse Axonal Injury, we understand how to evaluate these cases and help you obtain the funds necessary to pay for medical care and surgery, if needed.

Call Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. today, toll free 877-505-9548 to schedule your free and confidential consultation.

We will fight for your legal rights to the money and resources you need to fix what can be fixed, help what can be helped and make up for what cannot be fixed or helped.