Head trauma, by medical standards, has to have a broad definition, New York Brain Injury Lawyers have learned. It can refer to any trauma to the body above the lower border of the mandible. In fact, injury to the face or jaw is considered different from head trauma, even though injury to one often causes injury to the other. For these purposes, the head includes the scalp, skull, meninges, blood vessels, and brain. Trauma is used to mean an external force of energy, like a mechanical force, that causes physical injury to any or all of the tissues that make up the head. Other injuries, such as those caused by electrical, thermal, or chemical energy are usually considered to be a separate sort of injury, treated as burns, but deep burns can often cause injuries that require neurosurgical care. Such construction accident injuries, however, are quite rare.
For the purposes of a study to collect data on head injury, there is no agreed definition, New York Brain Injury Lawyers have learned, which makes it nearly impossible to compare studies when they do occur. It is important, therefore, to find a definition that fits. Some have stressed the separation of head injury from brain injury, with the latter meaning neurological damage. These same sources also advocate the identification of patients who sustain ‘neuro-trauma of public health consequence’ where there was a high chance of ongoing neurological impairment which would require medical or nursing care.
Sometimes, however, it is better to keep the definition a little boarder, because many head injury patients often seem minor at first, but later show evidence of much greater injury. Hospitals in Long island and New York City are aware of the situation.