No two brain injuries are alike. Even if two people suffered identical injuries, the resulting symptoms and long-term complications could be wildly different. That partially comes down to how the brain reacts to particular injuries. But what are the most common brain injuries and how do they impact someone’s long term health? Let’s investigate.
Common Brain Injury Types
Concussions: Concussions are minor traumatic brain injuries that arise when your brain moves around inside your skull. A concussion can cause short-term memory loss, confusion, nausea, sleep problems, and more.
Brain hemorrhaging: Hemorrhaging refers to bleeding in or around your brain. This often causes hypoxia (reduced oxygen flow) and long term complications. Left untreated, brain hemorrhaging can be fatal.
Hypoxic brain injury: Hypoxia is associated with hemorrhaging, but can be the result of other factors. Brain cells die when they’re cut off from oxygen, which can lead to memory loss, personality changes, and poor motor control. There’s no way to know which parts of the brain might be affected by lack of oxygen.
Anoxic brain injury: Cerebral anoxia means the brain is cut off from oxygen completely. This is the most serious brain injury and will be fatal without immediate treatment.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are many causes for these injuries, but they typically fall into three areas:
Blunt trauma: Injuries caused by a strike to the head with an unsharpened object
Penetrating trauma: Injuries caused by an object piercing the skin or even the skull.
Medical negligence: Brain injuries caused by poor medical care, such as insufficient oxygen therapy.
The most severe brain injuries can lead to memory loss, developmental delays, cognitive issues, coordination and balance problems, and more. Many of those who suffer brain injuries lose the ability to drive, work, and perform routine tasks.
Because a traumatic brain injury can fundamentally change someone’s life, it’s important for the victim to pursue justice from those who wronged them. If you or someone you love suffered a serious brain injury, we are here to help.
If you’d like to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Atlanta brain injury attorney from Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, please don’t hesitate to call (888) 425-6070 or send us an email.