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What are some types of brain injuries besides concussions?

Brain injuries are possible from a variety of accidents. While some people automatically assume that a brain injury is something like a concussion, there are many types of brain injuries that a person might have. Our readers in Pennsylvania might find the information about these types of brain injuries interesting.

What is an acquired brain injury?

An acquired brain injury is one that occurs after birth. It isn't one that happens because of birth trauma, a hereditary condition, a degenerative disease or a congenital defect. There are some cases in which a traumatic brain injury or one that is caused by an accident might be considered an acquired brain injury. That, however, isn't a widely accepted concept. Brain injuries from lack of oxygen, electric shock or near drowning would be acquired brain injuries.

What is a contusion?

A contusion is a bruise on the brain. It might be caused by a blow to the head. In some cases, large contusions might have to be surgically removed from the brain.

What is an anoxic brain injury?

A brain injury that is caused by lack of oxygen is an anoxic brain injury. This is different from a hypoxic brain injury. In an anoxic brain injury, no oxygen gets to the brain. In a hypoxic brain injury, some oxygen does get to the brain, but it isn't enough to support the brain.

What is a coup-contrecoup brain injury?

A coup-contrecoup injury affects both sides of the brain at even points. This means that the site of impact and the side on the direct opposite side of the head are affected.

All brain injuries can be life altering. For people who suffered from a brain injury as the result of an accident can opt to seek compensation from the party responsible for the accident. Knowing how to do this can help victims to determine if they want to move forward with their claim.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, "About Brain Injury" Jan. 07, 2015

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