Why Head Injuries are Different

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A Different Kind of Injury

You may injure yourself often when going through everyday life. You may get a paper cut when exchanging notes with a coworker; you may burn yourself while cooking your favorite meal. Or you may bruise your leg when you trip and fall on a wet floor. While most injuries are not life-threatening and heal within several days. But head injuries should be avoided at all costs.

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Your brain is your body’s central processing unit. It is essential for every life function. If you injure your head, you are at risk of detrimenting your central processing unit. which can lead to death or permanent disability.

Concussion: The Most Renowned Head Injury

Concussions are known as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Yet, they can range in severity and have the potential to lead to permanent damage if not treated properly. It is caused when a force causes the brain to rapidly shake in the direction of that force.

Professional football players are the population where concussions are most prevalent. This is because they are always banging helmets and hitting their heads while playing. Which causes their brains to shake. Frequent concussions may lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Or permanent change in mood, behavior, and function.

Brain Contusion: A Critical Bruise

Bruises are a mild bleed under the skin. However, a bruise on your brain is critical. A brain contusion is merely a bruise on the brain.

A brain contusion is similar to and may occur simultaneously with a concussion. If a brain contusion does not resolve itself, surgery may be required. The severity of a brain contusions depends on factors such as size, duration, and location of injury along with the effects of surgery.

Skull Fracture: A Serious Break

A skull fracture occurs when you break or crack any bones that form your skull. A fracture to your skull is critical because the skull houses your brain.

Skull fractures are a result of an injury that is caused by direct force. Potential complications of a skull fracture are damage to brain, vessels, and membranes. An easy way to prevent skull fractures is to wear a helmet.

Diffuse Axonal Injury: Brain Movement

Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) occurs as a result of the brain moving due to the head being blown. The type of blow that would cause a diffuse axonal injury is severe enough to causes tears in the connections the brain. Which is a result of the brain stem not being able to keep up with the intense movement. Though these tears may be small or large in size, they have the same potential to lead to fatal brain damage.

The range in severity of the symptoms of a diffuse axonal injury is dependent upon which areas of the brain were affected. Other injuries, such as a concussion or a contusion, may have occurred simultaneously.

Penetrating Injury: An Injury You Should Not Attempt to Treat On Your Own

A penetrating injury occur when a foreign object penetrates your skull and brain. It is fatal because it may lead to severe hemorrhaging, blood clots, oxygen deprivation to parts of the brain, and other complications.

It is critical for you to know that you should never remove an object that has penetrated through your head or any other part of your body. This is because you may worsen your injury. Multiple surgeries, antibiotic doses, and other therapies may be necessary for a full recovery. The end result depends on a variety of factors, including severity and location of the injury.

Shaken Baby Syndrome: An Injury that Affects the Youngest

Shaken baby syndrome is often a result of parents shaking their babies out of frustration. The characteristics of shaken baby syndrome are similar to diffuse axon injury. The effects of shaken baby syndrome are broken blood vessels, brain bleeds, strokes, and tears in the brain. Shaking a baby falls under the umbrella of criminal child abuse in most jurisdictions. The best way to prevent shaken baby syndrome is for new parents to be educated on coping mechanisms and avoiding burnout.

If you or a loved one suffer from a traumatic brain injury due to negligence or a faulty product, it may be time to get some legal help. Call our offices today and we will do our best to help you out.

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