August 29, 2022

The Four Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury can lead to a multitude of problems, some of which might be lifelong. Almost everything from movement to personality can change with a single brain injury. Complications that arise and the length of those complications depend on the type of brain injury someone suffers. If your brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, consider asking a Jackson brain injury lawyer about your options for compensation.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

The four main types of traumatic brain injuries are broken down by severity level:

  • Mild traumatic brain injury
  • Moderate traumatic brain injury
  • Severe traumatic brain injury
  • Penetrating traumatic brain injury

Mild traumatic brain injuries can also be thought of as concussions, the least severe form of brain injury. People with these injuries only pass out for 30 minutes or less and regain their functioning by the end of the day. There might be some initial confusion about who or where they are and what happened. Memory might be impaired for a short while but is regained sooner than later.

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Moderate traumatic brain injuries often involve someone passing out for longer than 30 minutes. The symptoms of confusion and memory loss tend to last longer than a day. Some functions might be impaired but not major functions like being able to move or speak.

Severe traumatic brain injuries involve passing out and various impairments that last several days. Some impairments can be lifelong with speech, personality, sleep, movement, and the five senses being affected in different ways. Someone with a severe brain injury may slur their words, not be able to walk, have blurry vision, or fall into a coma.

Penetrating traumatic brain injuries happen when the skull and scalp are cut open, exposing the brain to the outside world. This can happen with severe head trauma or sharp objects puncturing the skull. The chances of infection are high while the chances of survival are low.

Primary Versus Secondary Brain Injuries

There are also primary brain injuries and secondary brain injuries. These vary in terms of how the damage occurs and when the brain damage stops. Brain damage caused by primary brain injuries is complete at the moment the injury occurs. This means no more brain damage is likely to happen after the initial damage.

Secondary brain injuries involve brain damage that continues to worsen after the initial injury. Hours or days of continuing brain damage can happen due to:

  • Brain swelling or inflammation
  • Changing chemical, tissue, and cellular portions in the brain
  • Brain infections

Do not hesitate to contact a Jackson brain injury lawyer if your injury was caused by someone else. Depending on the severity of your brain injury, you could be eligible for additional compensation.

Brain Injury Attorney in Jackson

Major brain injuries can make your life radically change directions. Contact the Germany Law Firm, PLLC today at (601) 487-0555 to talk to a Mississippi personal injury lawyer for a consultation. Our legal team might be able to help you be compensated for lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and future medical bills. We are located throughout Jackson, Madison, Gulfport, Oxford, and other cities in Mississippi.

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