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Differences between open and closed brain injuries

Unfortunately, human beings are vulnerable to all sorts of injuries. Among the most serious types of injuries are those that involve the brain. Brain injuries can have a myriad of side effects, and can result from trauma to the head or neck area that causes the brain to tear, swell, bleed or bruise. A person in West Virginia may suffer a brain injury while playing a sport or partaking in a work-related activity. It can happen to anyone, at just about any time.

According to sources, approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injury related deaths, emergency room visits and hospitalizations occur every year in America. These traumatic brain injuries usually fall into two general categories -- open and closed. When the skull has been fractured, these are usually referred to as open brain injuries. These types of head injury often result from falls or accidents in which a hard surface or object comes in direct contact with the head.

Closed head injuries, on the other hand, do not involve a fracture. While they do not involve a fracture, they can still be very serious for victims. Brain swelling is possible, along with dangerous blood clots forming inside the skull. Both types of brain injuries can result in loss of consciousness, paralysis -- and, in the worst case scenarios, death.

Brain injuries are often the result of an accident. But sometimes, they result from the negligent actions of another party. If another party's carelessness contributed to a victim suffering a brain injury, a victim may decide to pursue a legal claim. The negligence theory of liability involves proving that another party's careless actions caused the victim to suffer the brain injury. Attorneys are available to help victims pursue justice.

Source: FindLaw, "Brain Injury Overview," Accessed on April 24, 2017

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