Types of Brain Injuries and Your Legal Options

January 10, 2017 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
Tags: Brain Injury Personal Injury

X-rays of a brainThe people of Provo have strong legal advocates in our legal team. When a serious injury affects the life and livelihood of someone in your household, you need the help of skilled litigators to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.

Brain injury and accident cases tend to be very complicated matters given how such injuries can affect the course of someone's life. We'd like to go over the different types of brain injuries right now and then consider how our team can help clients.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury refers to a type of brain injury that is the result of physical trauma to the head. This can take a number of different forms.

  • Concussions - A concussion occurs when the brain is shaken or jarred inside of the skull. This typically occurs because of a violent blow to the face, head, or body.

  • Brain Contusions - A contusion refers to bruising and bleeding of the brain, which may require surgical removal in severe cases.

  • Coup-Contrecoup - These types of brain contusions appear both at the site of impact and on the opposite side of the brain. These occur when the trauma is strong enough to cause the brain to collide with the skull and then strike the opposite side of the skull.

  • Diffuse Axonal - Caused by severe shaking or strong head rotation (as in shaken baby syndrome), this injury results in tearing to the structures of the brain.

  • Penetrating Head Injuries - Penetrating head injuries refer to any serious trauma to the head that results in the skull being penetrated. Given the nature of these injuries, the injuries to the brain can be varied and quite severe.

Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI)

Though traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are also acquired brain injuries (ABIs), we wanted to consider some potential ABIs as well. An ABI is defined as an injury to the brain that occurred after birth and is not related to a congenital defect of some kind.

  • Anoxia - This is a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain.

  • Hypoxic - This is a brain injury caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain.

Other potential causes of ABI include stroke, infection, severe illness, tumors, toxic exposure, and substance abuse. Traumatic injuries can result in ABIs.

The Dangers of Brian Injuries

No matter what kind of brain injury you experience, the effects of a brain injury can be severe, and may have lifelong repercussions. Brian injuries can affect a person's motor skills, speech, vision, and muscle control. A brain injury can also affect memory, cognition, mood, and overall mental capacity.

Children who suffer a brain injury early in life may face a life of challenges, whether mentally or physically. Even adults who suffer brain injuries will need great medical attention and support to assist them in leading a normal life.

How Our Attorneys Can Help

Brain injury cases can be exhausting and complicated given the laws on the books and the emotional toil such tragedies can have on families. By working with our law firm, you can rest assured that your legal rights will be well looked after. Our attorneys will handle the complicated legal filings and the difficulties related to such matters. This will give you and your loved ones time to focus on recovery, rehabilitation, and what is needed to build the road ahead.

Learn More About Brain Injury Cases

For more information about your legal options following a serious brain injury, be sure to contact our experienced team of attorneys today. We will fight with you every step of the way to ensure you receive strong legal counsel and expert legal representation.