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The 6 Major Types of Brain Injuries

Date11 Dec 2018

Brain Injury Law Firm Washington, DC

Unfortunate events arise all the time, and may simply unfold due to a person being at the wrong place at the worst time. When an accident occurs and a person suffers a brain injury, he or she may face severe and potentially life-long challenges. To add salt to the wound, it is possible that another person had an influence in the entire situation happening. If you or someone you love is suffering physically and financially due to being injured, it is highly recommended that you seek legal counsel immediately.

An attorney has probably worked with clients just like you, who endured a painful brain injury and want to see that justice is found. It is important to us that our clients understand that they may be entitled to significant financial compensation for the brain injury, if someone else caused the incident to happen due to being negligent or reckless.

The Severity of a Brain Injury

Not all brain injuries are the same. Some may be mild, in which rest and time is all that is required for recovery. But on the other hand, other brain injuries may need immediate emergency care, otherwise the person’s life could be at risk. A brain injury could be visible externally or not, depending on how it happened. The person may feel a minor bump, wound, or no indication that an injury was suffered at all.

An attorney suggests that any person who thinks they may have sustained a brain injury whether there is an obvious sign or not, should call 911 or have someone drive them to the nearest emergency room. Here are the six major types of brain injuries that can range from mild to critical:

  1. Concussion: impact to the head that causes injury to the brain, often a result of the brain hitting against the walls of the skull from rapid acceleration and deceleration
  2. Diffuse axonal injury: an injury that damages the brain cells without bleeding, which may prompt swelling and may not have outward visible signs.
  3. Skull fracture: the skull is quite strong yet susceptible to fractures, due to not having any bone marrow. The skull may not be able to absorb the impact from a blow, leading to a crack and potential brain damage.
  4. Edema: swelling around the brain in which the skull cannot accommodate the inflammation. The brain may begin to press against the skull due to the buildup of pressure.
  5. Hemorrhage: relentless bleeding that can happen in the space surrounding the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage), or bleeding among the brain tissue itself (intracerebral hemorrhage).
  6. Hematoma: a clotting of blood outside blood vessels, which can be immensely dangerous if it occurs within the brain. Such blood clotting may lead to the buildup of skull pressure.

Contact a brain injury law firm Washington, DC offers at Cohen & Cohen, PC to book your complimentary appointment with an attorney. They want to see you get the compensation you deserve, so you can receive the care you need to recover both financially and physically from the brain injury incident.

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