The fact is that most patients who suffer head injuries are not initially managed by emergency medical services that have specialized knowledge of the pathophysiology and treatment of head injury. This is the main reason why it is helpful to divide head injuries into primary and secondary. Primary brain damage is what occurs at the time of impact and its effects occur virtually immediately. Secondary brain damage occurs at some point after the impact, not only can it be treated, but it can often be prevented with the proper care. It is vitally important that a clinician both recognizes and documents the primary damage, and then prevent or treat any secondary damage. Primary brain damage is considered to be irreversible, but even that may not be set in stone, as new medical innovations are challenging even that assumption.
Lawyers have learned that understanding the difference between primary and secondary brain damage is important for non-specialists to know. If everyone were well-informed, secondary brain damage may not even occur in such cases. Even when it doesn’t work, it adds to the knowledge of how to treat head injury so we come closer to the time when secondary brain injury can be effectively prevented in the majority of cases in The Bronx and Brooklyn.
Secondary brain damage could happen very quickly after impact, so it is important for any medical personnel who arrive on the scene to work quickly and correctly to diagnose and treat such injuries, according to New York Brain Injury Lawyers.