Whether you were in an auto accident or sustained a New Haven personal injury, head injuries can lead to mental impairment, permanent disability, and even death. Even mild head injuries have been proven to lead to numerous serious and lifelong consequences.
Some of the most common types of head and brain injuries are:
Concussion – When the head sustains trauma due to sudden movement or impact, causing the brain to bounce against the hard walls of the skull. Repeated concussions can potentially lead to permanent damage.
Edema – Any head injury can result in edema, also known as swelling. Though numerous injuries cause swelling in the surrounding tissues, this is more serious when it occurs in the brain as it leads to a buildup of pressure in the brain.
Contusion – A contusion is a bruise located on the side of the brain that affects the brain tissue, occurring because of a sudden impact. It can range from minor to life-threatening, and can also increase cardiovascular risks.
Hemorrhage – Hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding in the brain. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding in the space around the brain, while an intracerebral hemorrhage is bleeding that occurs within the brain tissue.
Whiplash – A rapid forward and backward movement of the head, thus possibly stretching and damaging the muscles and tendons in the neck.
Secondary Impact Syndrome – Also known as SIS, this occurs when an individual suffers a second traumatic brain injury before healing from the first traumatic brain injury. It can result in massive swelling of the brain, and sometimes, can lead to the loss of blood flow to the brain and eventually death.
Diffuse axonal injury – Also known as a sheer injury, this injury does not cause bleeding but instead damages the brain cells. Diffuse axonal injury is among the most dangerous forms of head injuries as it can lead to long-lasting brain damage and even death.
If you or your loved one suffered a brain injury as the result of an accident, contact our New Haven personal injury lawyers. Our experienced team can help protect your interests.