What Are The Different Types Of Brain Injuries?

Brain injuries can result in devastating temporary or permanent disabilities for victims. However, it is important to realize that there are various types of brain injuries that can occur. Any of the brain injuries that we are going to discuss here have the ability to negatively impact the injury victim. The Dallas brain injury attorneys are Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC want to review the various types of brain injuries and their severity while also pointing out that no two brain injuries are exactly alike. If you suspect that you or a loved one have sustained a brain injury, please seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure you receive proper care.

Concussions

This is the type of brain injury that most people are familiar with and certainly the most common type of brain injury that occurs. This is typically considered a mild TBI, but the reality is that concussions can have lasting impacts on victims. Concussions are caused by a sudden impact of the head, shaking, or sudden changes in body movement. The effects of a concussion are usually temporary and can include headaches, disorientation, concentration problems, and memory issues. Concussions are considered cumulative, which means that successive concussions sustained over a short period of time can build on the previous trauma and cause long-lasting injuries.

Brain Contusions

A brain contusion refers to bruising on the brain tissue, similar to the type of bruise a person gets on the outside of their skin. However, unlike bruises on the outside of our bodies, this type of contusion is much more serious. With a normal contusion on the outside of our bodies, any blood that leaks under the surface of the skin can diffuse out into our bodies. However, contusions on the brain can lead to a buildup of pressure because the blood gets trapped inside the skull area. Brain contusions are usually caused by an impact to the head, and these regularly occur due to sports injuries, falls, violent acts, vehicle accidents, etc.

Penetrating Brain Injuries

Penetrating brain injuries are exactly how they sound. This occurs when an object penetrates through the skull and causes an object to come into contact with the brain. The penetrating object does not necessarily have to strike the brain itself, but it can cause pieces of the skull, skin, and hair to impact the brain. Some of the most common causes of penetrating brain injuries include:

  • Gunshot wounds
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Construction incidents and tool accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents that crack the skull

Anoxic Brain Injuries

Anoxic brain injuries refer to incidents that deprive the brain of the oxygen that it needs for its cells to survive. Anytime the brain does not receive enough oxygen, the brain cells can begin to die after four to five minutes. Anoxic brain injuries can occur in a variety of ways. This can include:

  • Any incident that prevents the lack of oxygenated blood from getting to the brain, including injuries that lead to significant blood loss.
  • Chemicals or poisons that prevent oxygen transfer inside the body.
  • Drowning or near-drowning incidents
  • Suffocation

Call our Dallas Brain Injury Attorneys Today

If you or somebody you care about has sustained a brain injury caused by the careless or negligent actions of somebody else, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our dedicated and experienced team will conduct a complete investigation into the case so we can determine liability and help secure the compensation you need. This can include coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Dallas brain injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 214-295-2900.

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