First, there are two fundamental categories of brain injuries. A brain injury can be traumatic, which means it arises out of an impact to the skull. The brain controls almost all of the body's functions. The brain stem connects the brain with the spinal cord. The brain stem sits at the base of the brain, nearby bony areas, and in a very vulnerable place that can be easily injured and damaged as a result of trauma.

The other type of brain injury is acquired, which means that it happens inside the brain rather than from external forces. An example of an acquired brain injury is a brain injury that occurs as a result of a stroke or tumor.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Some of the causes of a traumatic brain injury, which is commonly referred to as a TBI, are a concussion or physical force trauma to the skull arising out of motor vehicle collisions, violent attacks, sports injuries, and falls.
The Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

The effects of traumatic brain injury can vary significantly from one person to another. However, some common effects of a traumatic brain injury include becoming dizzy, vomiting, confusion and other cognitive difficulties. In the more severe concussions, a loss of consciousness, paralysis, loss of bowel movements, and more can occur. If  the concussion is so severe that it causes more than brief disruption, a coma can result. A coma is suggestive of severe brain injury and damage. A closed head injury is differentiated from an open head injury, which the skull is broken. 

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Acquired brain injury, also known as ABI, occurs from a different type of trauma, to the cellular level. Some of the causes of ABI are a loss of oxygen, a neurological illness, a tumor, an exposure to toxic poisons, drug abuse or an aneurysm. ABI's affect various brain areas in contrast to TBI's that affect specific parts of the brain. Many ABI symptoms are similar to TBI symptoms and can also include behavioral, cognitive and muscular difficulties.

Severity of Brain Damage - Three Levels

The three levels of brain injury are mild, moderate and severe and is determined by the level of neurological injury to the brain.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury or brain damage due to the negligence of another, you are sure to have immediate questions. There are answers to some of your most important questions right here on our website. 

At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we have been representing personal injury victims, including those who have suffered brain injury or brain damage due to the negligence of another, for more than 15 years. We understand that a serious medical injury can have devastating consequences and we are dedicated to thoroughly representing the victims of such injuries every step of the way.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.