Types of Brain Injuries From Accidents
When you get into an accident, like a car accident, there is a chance that your head is going to take damage. One of the most common types is going to be a TBI or a traumatic brain injury. Something that many people don’t know is a TBI isn’t just one type of injury but can be several specific types of damages done to the brain. After any injury to the head, you may have a claim and that is why contacting a brain injury lawyer is important.
There are several different types of brain injuries that you can suffer when it comes to an accident. If you want to know the different types then read on.
Concussions are mild TBIs and are by far one of the most frequent forms of brain injury in an accident. Every year there are over 812,000 children 17 and younger that end up in the emergency room for a concussion or TBI. Typically these types of injuries aren’t fatal but they can have some serious lasting damages if they are bad enough. Typically the symptoms of a concussion are headache, dizziness, fatigue, and brief changes to mental status. Most concussions can be taken care of at home but more serious ones may need medical intervention. If you aren’t sure it is safer to see a doctor than wait.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
This is another fairly common type of brain injury. It comes from extreme forces on the head and brain, such as a car accident. The brain, while protected by the skull, can still move around under extreme forces. When this happens the movement can compromise the connection between the brain and the rest of the body. The fibers within the brain stem can tear or shear during this process causing devastating injuries.
This is a different way to say there is a bruise on the brain. Typically these are localized injuries that can be minor but there are cases in which they are life-threatening. A major contusion can cause brain herniation, where parts of the brain squeeze past the skull. Often these injuries need emergency intervention to treat the swelling of the brain.
Open Head Injuries
This is by far one of the most severe cases of a TBI. When you suffer an open head injury that means your skull is fractured and your brain was hit as well. Often when this happens surgery is needed to relieve pressure on the skull from a swelling brain. This form of injury is by far the worst prognosis for a full recovery.
When it comes to traumatic brain injuries, there are many forms it can take. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident and suffered a brain injury, then a brain injury attorney could be in your best interest to find. Thank you to our friends at David & Philpot, P.L for this great information.