What Exactly Is A Brain Injury?

Many people suffer head injuries every day, but when do those injuries cross the line from being an external head injury to a traumatic brain injury? The distinction is important as the diagnosis and prognosis can make all the difference in the process of recovering physically and financially.

Head Injuries That Are Not Brain Injuries

A “bump on the noggin” or a “knot on the forehead” are examples of a head injury that is not a brain injury. A painful example of this type of injury is hitting your head on the edge of an overhead cabinet or slamming your head into the underside of a countertop after squatting down to pick something up off the floor. These injuries can result in external swelling or a bit of a “shiner,” but they do not impact the brain or result in any neurological damage. A bit of ice, some ibuprofen and rest are all that is necessary to make things right.

Head Injuries That Are Brain Injuries

When external force – such as striking a steering wheel or windshield in a car accident – is applied to the head, it can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries occur when a violent blow or jolt to the head causes a disruption in neurological function. A good rule of thumb is that anyone who loses consciousness should be checked out for a potential TBI, even if they were only “out” for a brief moment of time. Examples of TBI include severe concussions, skull fractures and edema.

Moderate to severe TBI can result in long-term issues that require significant financial resources. A personal injury claim may be necessary to ensure an injury survivor has the financial resources necessary for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings, ongoing care and more.

Speak To An Experienced Attorney

If your TBI was caused by the negligence of another person or company, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your damages. Our attorneys at Edelman & Edelman can help. Call our New York office at 212-235-1197 or reach us online to schedule your free consultation.

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