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The different types of brain injuries

Many Evansville area residents have had the unfortunate experience of being in a car accident. Luckily, most of these accidents do not result in serious injuries. But, occasionally a serious accident occurs in which a person suffers a traumatic injury that can impact them for months or even years. A brain injury is one such injury that can turn a person's life upside down.

There are many types of brain injuries a person can suffer. When a person is involved in a car accident, they typically suffer from the type of brain injury called a "traumatic brain injury." A traumatic brain injury is caused by an external force. There are four types of traumatic brain injuries, including: concussions; contusions; penetration; and diffuse axonal injuries. A concussion is caused by direct impact to the head, such as whiplash in a car accident, hitting a head against the windshield or hitting a head on the ground, for example. A severe concussion can result in permanent brain damage. A contusion is also caused by direct impact and is bleeding in the brain. A contusion may need to be surgically removed, if possible. A diffuse axonal injury is caused by shaking of the brain, which can result in tears in the brain structure and can result in permanent damage, a coma or death. And finally, penetration injuries are caused by a sharp object entering the brain. This can result in long-term effects or even death.

If a person has been in a serious car accident due to no fault of their own, they may want to get more information about personal injury legal options. If it is determined that negligence caused the accident, compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

A brain injury can be a serious medical trauma for an accident victim. Sometimes these injuries can affect a person for months or even years and require the victim to undergo rehabilitation or other extensive medical care. If the accident was the result of another person's negligence, then the victim may have the legal right to hold that party responsible.

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