All brain injuries are unique. Your brain can receive different types of injuries depending on the amount and type of force that impacts your head. Your injuries may affect one functional part of the brain, the entire brain or parts of your brain. We shall discuss different types of brain injuries and their symptoms here. If you suspect you suffered a brain injury, you should seek medical attention and get in touch with a Providence brain injury attorney to help you claim compensation.
What Exactly is a Brain Injury?
A brain injury can be described as damage to the brain that results in loss of behavioral, speech, cognitive and physical functioning. The damage can be caused by:
- Degenerative processes including diseases like Alzheimer’s
- Birth trauma
- Congenital disorders
- Toxic substances
- Insufficient blood supply
- External physical force
Types of Brain Injuries
A concussion can be described as temporary unconsciousness caused by a blow to the head. Although the main cause of a concussion is a blow to the head, it can also occur when the head and the upper body is violently shaken.
People who play contact sports are more vulnerable to suffering concussions. However, contact sports is one of the few leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. According to the CDC, 14.3% of traumatic brain injuries in America are caused by car accidents and 40.5% are caused by falls. This means that a total of 286, 000 traumatic brain injuries occur every year and this is not even an exact estimate because most brain injuries aren’t apparent immediately after an accident. This is why traumatic brain injuries are considered a silent epidemic because many people don’t make a connection between traumatic brain injuries and concussions.
Symptoms of a concussion include:
- Slurred speech
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ears
It’s very important that you see a doctor within 1 to two days if you experience a head injury even if you do not require emergency care.
A brain contusion is a bruise on the brain tissue. Brain contusions are more serious than concussions because they involve structural damage to the brain. They are mostly caused by an impact to the head, such as those sustained in a sports related accident, a fall or a car accident. In some cases, your brain might be injured on the opposite side of the impact and on the other hand, it might be injured right below the site of the impact. Symptoms of a contusion include:
- Loss of ability to express or understand speech.
- Memory loss
- Emotional disturbances
- Difficulty with motor coordination
- Attention problems
Severe contusions can cause severe herniation of the brain and eventually lead to a coma. Minor contusions can heal on their own without necessarily seeking medical attention. It is, however, important that you consult with your doctor immediately if you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered a brain contusion.
This is an injury whereby the damage is located both at the site of the impact and on the opposite side of the head. This sort of injury occurs when the force impacting your head is not only great enough to cause a contusion at the site of the injury but it is also able to cause your brain to slam into the opposite side of your head causing an additional contusion.
This is a potentially severe form of traumatic brain injury and it is also one of the most common. It is called “diffuse” because unlike other types of brain injuries, this one is more widespread and affects a larger area. In addition, unlike other brain injuries, which are caused a blow to the head, this one is caused when the brain moves in the skull.
Getting Help from a Providence Brain Injury Lawyer
A qualified Providence brain injury lawyer is an indispensable asset if you want to file for a brain injury claim. The lawyer that you choose to work with should be experienced in brain injury law in Rhode Island. Each jurisdiction has its own laws regarding brain injury so be sure to check if your lawyer is familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction.
At Kevin P Landry law Offices, we offer free initial consultations to all our potential clients. If you’ve suffered a brain injury, you can contact us at 401-751-0101 or visit our offices today for a consultation.