Common Types of Head Injuries in Accidents
With the increase in media attention, traumatic brain injuries are some of the most commonly known head injuries that a person can sustain in an accident. However, there are many different types of head injuries that can cause serious, and sometimes lasting, trauma to an accident victim. Have you or a loved one suffered a head injury in a Nashville accident? If so, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free case consultation.
What is a Head Injury?
A head injury is any type of damage that occurs to an accident victim’s scalp, skull, or brain. A head injury can range from something mild and temporary to severe and permanent. In the worst cases, a head injury can lead to the death of a victim. Head injuries are either classified as open or closed. An open head injury is also known as a penetrating head injury, where something breaks the scalp and skull of the victim and enters the brain. A closed head injury is one that does not break the scalp or skull but can still cause substantial damage.
A hematoma injury is a clotting of blood outside of the blood vessels and is also known as bruising. However, if a hematoma occurs outside the blood vessels of the brain it can lead to a pressure buildup in the skull that can cause a loss of consciousness or brain damage.
A hemorrhage injury occurs when there is uncontrolled bleeding inside an accident victim’s head. Hemorrhage injuries that are in the space between the brain and skull are known as subarachnoid hemorrhages, where a bleeding injury that takes place inside the brain tissue is an intracerebral hemorrhage.
A skull fracture occurs when the bone that makes up a victim’s head is cracked, shattered, or otherwise broken. It is incredibly difficult to fracture the skull, but this type of injury makes it far more likely that a brain injury will occur.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is also known as a concussion, and they can range from a mild to severe injury. TBI can be caused by a serious blow, jarring, or impact to the head that causes a brain injury. Concussions can lead to changes in a victim’s cognitive function, behavior, emotions, and physical capability. Repeated or severe TBI can lead to permanent damage.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
Finally, a diffuse axonal injury, also known as a shear injury, is a head injury that does not cause bleeding but does damage brain cells. The cells lose their ability to function, thereby affecting the victim’s ability to function. Diffuse axonal injuries can also lead to brain swelling, which can cause further damage. This type of injury can often lead to brain damage or even death.
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If you would like to talk with an experienced Nashville personal injury lawyer about your head injury case, call or contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free evaluation of your claims.