Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when you suffer trauma to your head. Such an injury may be a result of a physical accident or assault. The nature and severity of a TBI vary from one person to another, depending on many factors.

Based on the severity of a TBI, it may be classified into different categories. You may recover from some TBIs sooner, while others can take a long time. In the case of more severe TBIs, you may even develop impairment or issues for the rest of your life. A Kentucky personal injury lawyer can help you recover maximum damages for such an injury.

What Causes a TBI?

A TBI can occur in a car accident, physical assault by another person, or another personal injury incident. In all cases, your TBI is either a close brain injury or a penetrating injury.

A close brain injury occurs when you suffer a TBI without penetrating damage. This type of injury involves trauma to the skull region without direct internal damage to the brain area.

In contrast, a penetrating injury involves direct damage to the brain. For instance, if a shard of glass enters the skull, it may cause a penetrating brain injury. About 1 to 2% of TBIs are penetrating injuries.

Types of TBIs

  • Coup-Contrecoup – A coup-contrecoup is a type of TBI that occurs when you suffer a bruise on the brain tissues. This type of injury occurs when you suffer a serious impact on your head. Coup-contrecoup TBIs may occur in car accidents, falls, or direct blows to the head.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury – A diffuse axonal injury occurs due to the rapid movement of the head. When the head moves so quickly that the brain stem is unable to keep up, this leads to tearing of the brain’s connecting fibers.
  • Hematoma – External impact to the head may cause a blood vessel to rupture. The blood then starts to pour into the brain and eventually clots. The severity of this clot depends on its size, location, and other factors.
  • Skull Fractures – When the impact on the head is significant, it can lead to skull fractures. A skull fracture may be as minor as a thin line, or it may cause a section of the skull to become crushed. In the first case, surgery is not needed to treat the injury. In the latter case, however, you may need immediate surgery to relieve pressure on the brain itself.

Get Compensation for Your Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic injuries are often caused by the negligence of another person. If you have suffered a TBI, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic compensatory damages. This is particularly so because TBIs can drastically affect your ability to function normally.

Here at Wilt and Associates, PLLC, we help TBI victims hold the negligent party accountable. Our brain injury lawyers work with you to draw up an estimate of the damages you can seek. We also aid you in gathering the relevant evidence to support your claim.

Call us today at 502-253-9110 or fill out our form to discuss your TBI claim with our attorneys.