Different Types of Head and Brain Injuries
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on April 15, 2014
Injuries to the head and the brain can have major effects on a person's well-being and quality of life. The kinds of injuries affect cognition, motor skills, and sometimes both, which requires a major adjustment for the accident/injury victim as well as his or her loved ones. It's important to seek legal assistance following these kinds of matters since personal injury attorneys will hold negligent parties responsible for their actions, collecting just compensation for injuries and losses.
We'd like to take a moment right now to consider the different kinds of head injuries that people may suffer from.
Common Causes of Head Injuries
It may be helpful to consider some of the common causes of head and brain injuries. These include:
- Auto accidents
- Sports accidents
- Slips and falls
- Falling objects
Open Head Injuries
Open head injuries refer to injuries in which the skull is penetrated or punctured in some way. This can often affect the brain and cause skull fragments to do further damage to the brain tissue.
Closed Head Injuries
Closed head injuries are head injuries in which the skull is not penetrated. The skull may still be damaged, and more importantly, the brain tissue may swell within the skull resulting in serious pain and urgent need for medical attention.
Concussions are a a type of brain injury that occurs when the brain is jarred against the skull itself. This is often caused by sudden, violent blows to the body or the head.
You've likely heard a lot about concussions in the news given the coverage of numerous former NFL players who've had to deal with major metal health issues, such as emotional disturbances, speech impediments, depression, and impaired cognition.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) refer to a broad classification of injuries that affect the brain itself. TBIs generally occur when an external force of some kind affects the brain. Concussions, closed head injuries, and open head injuries can all be classified as TBIs.
Scalp injuries are technically the least serious of head injuries since they only affect the skin of the scalp. That said, these can be very painful injuries, resulting in major blood loss, scarring, and permanent disfigurement.
How Our Legal Team Can Help You
If you or someone that you love has suffered from a head injury, it's important to seek legal help from Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC. Head and traumatic brain injury lawyers will fight diligently to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions, helping you receive compensation for medical bills, lost earning potential, physical therapy, and other costs associated with the injury. Our team will also seek punitive damages against the negligent party so these sorts of actions do not happen again.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a serious accident, it's important to get skilled litigators on your side. Be sure to contact our Salt Lake City, Utah personal injury attorneys today to schedule a consultation. The team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive just compensation for any losses and hardships sustained.
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