Types of Brain Injuries
A brain injury is generally defined as sudden trauma to the head that disrupts the function of the brain, thus causing short or long-term problems with cognitive, psychological and physical abilities. The level of brain injury may range from mild to severe, with severe cases often leading to lifelong consequences, coma or death.
Brain injuries can permanently damage a person’s ability to think, speak, reason, walk, touch, taste, or see. Any function of the body can be affected by a brain injury.
In addition, moderate and severe brain injuries may increase the risk of epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or other devastating brain illnesses.
The effects of brain damage vary in both severity and type. However, most types of brain injuries fall into two categories: closed head injury and open (penetrating) head injury. A closed head injury is trauma in which the brain is injured as a result of a blow or sudden violent motion. Closed head injuries can be diffuse, meaning they affect cells and tissues throughout the brain, or focal, in which case the damage occurs in one area of the brain.
Unlike closed head injury, open head injury results when an object penetrates the skull, thus damaging brain tissue. Penetrating head injuries, which are generally focal, are much more serious than closed head injuries. In fact, many open head injuries lead to permanent disability, coma or death.
Some long-term effects of brain injuries include:
- Speech impairment
- Visual impairment
- Chronic headaches
- Decreased mental capacity
- Emotional instability
- Chronic pain
- Decreased coordination
- A coma or vegetative state
Roper Injury Law Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or your loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of another’s negligence you may be entitled to monetary damages for your medical bills, rehabilitation and any future medical care. The Georgia brain injury lawyers at Roper Injury Law have dedicated their careers to seeking justice for their clients.
To learn more about your legal rights, please contact our office.