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What are the different types of head injuries?

Most New Yorkers would argue that a person's head is the most important part of the human body. It not only encompasses many physical features, but also the head holds and secures one's brain. This vital organ could, nonetheless, suffer significant harm in the event of an accident. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, could significantly alter one's personality and even his or her ability to do normal daily activities.

What are the different types of head injuries? Much like the injuries suffered in an accident can range greatly, the harm caused by a head trauma can vary as well. And, depending on the severity of the TBI, a victim could endure physical and cognitive harms for months, years or possibly the rest of his or her life.

Most are familiar with concussions, as many sports and activities carry a risk for a concussion if a head trauma occurs. This is in fact the most common type of TBI, and it is caused by direct impact to the head. The next type is contusion, which is also caused by direct impact trauma to the head. It is accompanied with localized bleeding to the brain that will likely require surgery for removal.

Another type of head trauma is a diffuse axonal injury. This injury occurred when there is severe shaking or rotational forces of the head, resulting in tears in the brain structure. Such an injury could cause neuro-chemical disruptions, which could result in permanent brain damage, a coma or even death. The final type of brain injury is a penetration injury. This occurs when an object, usually sharp, enters the skull and brain. This injury could be fatal or cause significant and long-term harm.

Suffering a traumatic brain injury in an accident can significantly alter the life of a victim. Thus, it is imperative for victims and their loved ones to explore their options when it comes to holding a negligent party liable for the harms suffered. This could assist with the financial damages suffered, as compensation could help address medical bills, future medical costs, lost wages and other financial losses.

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