A head injury is defined as any injury to a person’s skull or brain. On this page, I will discuss some common accidents that a person might face that could result in a traumatic brain injury. In addition, I will discuss some common brain injuries. If you have a loved one who was injured in an accident, and you think they suffered a brain injury or a traumatic brain injury, this information can be helpful in getting your loved one treatment.
Accidents happen every day. Some are fairly harmless – tripping on an uneven sidewalk, walking into an object, or cutting your finger while making dinner, to name a few. But, some accidents can cause serious issues for people.
One common accident that some people are involved in is the car accident. Most people will be involved in at least one car accident throughout their lives. Again, these accidents can range in severity. It might be a fender bender that everyone walks away from unscathed. But, more serious accidents can leave your car totaled and your body experiencing serious trauma.
Car accidents are a very common cause of brain and spinal cord injuries. What’s more, these incidents are oftentimes caused by someone. No one intends to cause an accident, but people can still be found at fault for accidents depending on what happened. Another driver may be found at fault for the accident due to their negligence or carelessness. If this is the case, they could be responsible for your loved one’s medical bills.
Another common accident is slip and fall accidents. Chances are you have slipped before and caught yourself or fallen, but did not injure yourself. These accidents happen often and are not always serious, but they can be serious in some cases. If a person falls and hits their neck or head, they could face a brain or spinal cord injury.
Again, this type of injury could be the fault of the person who fell because they were not paying attention. But in other cases, the injury could be the fault of the person who owns the property where the accident occurred, or the person who did not give notice that the floor was slippery. In these cases, someone else might be legally responsible and, again, might have to pay your loved one’s medical bills.
Common Brain Injuries
There are many types of injuries that can result from an accident, especially injuries to the brain. Here are a few common ones that your loved one might face:
- Brain infarction: Brain infarction is local tissue death in the brain. Learn more about it on this page.
- Hematoma: A hematoma is a bruise to the brain.
- Focal brain injury: This type of injury causes damage to brain tissue in multiple parts of a person’s brain.
- Elevated intracranial pressure: Intracranial pressure is a term that refers to the amount of pressure exerted on brain tissue by the cranium. Intracranial pressure also affects the amount of pressure on cerebrospinal fluid and the blood volume in the brain.
- Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury: This is a birth related injury that happens when a baby does not get enough oxygen to their brain.
- Diffuse axonal injury: A diffuse axonal injury occurs when lesions in white matter occur in the brain.
- Brain contusion: Like a hematoma, a brain contusion is another name for a bruise to brain tissue.
- Brain aneurysm: Sometimes, arteries in the brain will begin to bulge out in an unnatural or abnormal way. When this happens, a brain aneurysm forms.
- Anoxic brain injury: This injury results from loss of oxygen to the brain.
If you think that your loved one sustained one of these brain injuries or another one, you should contact a medical professional as soon as possible. For more information, you can contact my office.