Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are common after being involved in a fall, vehicle collision, or any other type of accident. These devastating injuries impact not just the way that a person thinks, but also the way that person maneuvers through the world. Consequently, many traumatic brain injury victims end up requiring substantial medical treatment. We understand how devastating the impact of these injuries can be. In situations in which the brain injury is caused by the negligence of another, an attorney can help ensure that the party responsible for your injury is held accountable and provides necessary compensation.

What Constitutes a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The Brain Injury Association of America divides brain injuries into two types — acquired brain injury and traumatic brain injury. While acquired brain injuries are the result of internal factors like oxygen deprivation, traumatic brain injuries are due to external factors. Traumatic brain injuries most commonly occur when one of the following happens:

  • An object hits a person
  • An object penetrates a person’s skull
  • A person collides with an object
  • A person experiences a violent shaking

No matter how the accident occurs, if you experience a blow to the head, you should not hesitate to receive care from a medical professional with experience in treating head injuries.

 Common Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

The phrase “traumatic brain injury” refers to several medical conditions. Some of the most common types of brain injuries that victims incur include the following:

  • A mild type of traumatic brain injury, concussions result in a person experiencing a brief period of unconsciousness or confusion. If a person experiences repeated concussions, that person can suffer serious medical complications and degenerative diseases.
  • Bruises on a person’s brain are frequently caused by direct impact injuries. Contusions frequently result in swelling, which can be life-threatening and require surgical intervention to release the associated pressure.
  • Coup-contrecoup. This injury involves damage to both sides of a person’s brain caused when an impact forces the brain against the skull. This condition commonly results in difficulty with coordination, memory, balance, and sensation.
  • Diffuse axonal. This condition is associated with widespread damage to the brain and is often the result of severe jolting or shaking. The condition results in the brain lagging in motion and slamming against the interior of a person’s skull.
  • When the force of an impact breaks a person’s skull and any object enters the skull cavity, that is considered a penetrative wound. The injuries associated with penetration are serious and often require immediate surgery to remove the foreign object.

 Let Us Fight for the Results You Deserve

If you or a loved one is facing a traumatic brain injury after an accident that someone else caused, it is important to remember that you have the right to pursue compensation. As experienced and compassionate attorneys, we can help you receive the compensation necessary to fully recover. Contact our injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Johnson, Sclafani & Moriarty to discuss your needs today.