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Are all brain injuries the same?

The brain is clearly a part of the body that requires special protection and care and any injury to it can be devastating and life altering. If you are one of the people in Pennsylvania who has seen a loved one through a brain injury, you have some idea of just how extensive the ramifications of this can be in a person's daily life. However, it is important to understand that all brain injuries are not the same.

As explained by the Brain Injury Association of America, there are different classifications of brain injuries. Many people hear about traumatic brain injuries which may result from extreme force and leave the brain function altered in some form. This alteration may be permanent or temporary. Acquired brain injuries are those that are not necessarily the result of force but that are also not genetic as they too result from an injury.

A person who falls in a nursing home or a hospital may hit their head severely enough to cause a concussion or a contusion, two types of injuries to the brain. Other concerns in a medical setting may be when the brain of a person, even an unborn baby, is deprived of oxygen, blood or other nutrients. This may lead to an anoxic brain injury or a hypoxic brain injury.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Pennsylvania residents an overview of the wide range of types of brain injuries and what the characteristics of some of these injuries are.

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