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Understanding the different types of brain injuries


When an accident occurs in West Virginia, victims are often concerned about the losses and damages they might have suffered as a result. Although some injuries are visible and obvious, there are some internal injuries that can sometimes go unnoticed initially following a collision. This is why it is important for accident victims to seek medical attention following a crash, even if no visible injuries are present.

One major injury that often goes unnoticed at first is a brain injury. The victim might not show symptoms initially. A delay in treatment, however, could result in more serious medical problems, so it is important that this type of injury is ruled out following a car accident.

There are various types of brain injuries and they pose different risks to the health of the victim. A traumatic brain injury or TBI can be closed or open. In an open TBI, there are skull fractures. This type of brain injury often shows very visible injuries such as a laceration or an open head wound. A closed TBI is harder to notice and includes concussions and contusions, which can lead to serious symptoms and even permanent brain damage.

In the event of a concussion, which is caused by a direct trauma to the head, the victim can experience confusion and dizziness. If gone untreated, permanent brain damage could result.

A contusion or diffuse axonal injury is also a possible result of a head trauma. A contusion could lead to a blood clot which has to be surgically removed. Diffuse axonal injuries usually create tears in the brain structure. This can lead to permanent brain damage, affecting the victim's memory, motor functions and other major functions of the brain.

Suffering a traumatic brain injury can seriously impact the life of the victim. The victim might require significant medical attention, leaving them with large medical bills. Those affected by a brain injury caused by another person's negligence have the right to file a personal injury claim, which can enable them to recover monetary compensation for the harm they have suffered.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Types of Brain Injury," accessed on Sep. 8, 2014

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