Types of Head Injury
Any significant injury to the head, especially if it involves the brain, is certain to have an adverse effect on a person’s quality of life. In most cases, serious head injuries lead to overwhelming and unexpected medical and rehabilitation expenses in addition to emotional, mental, and physical hardships. When such injuries result from someone else’s negligent or deliberately harmful acts, it isn’t right that victims and their families should have to shoulder the attendant burdens on their own.
For this reason, Los Angeles head injury attorney Edward Deason handles the full range of claims arising from head injuries of all types. As an experienced, educated, and highly skilled personal injury attorney, Mr. Deason is able to build the strongest cases possible on behalf of his clients, helping them to obtain the full measure of compensation to which they are entitled.
Common Types of Head Injuries
Although every head injury is unique, there are general categories into which all head injuries can be divided. Mr. Deason handles cases involving every type of head injury, including:
- Closed head injuries: Closed head injuries refer to injuries in which the brain is forced to collide with the skull, whether due to a blow to the skull or a sudden jolt, but the skull itself is not penetrated. This type of head injury often results to damage throughout the brain rather than in a localized area.
- Open head injuries: Open head injuries refer to injuries in which the skull is penetrated by an object. In such cases, the damage to the brain is often (but not always) contained to the part of the brain with which the foreign object came into contact. The brain can also be harmed by the bony fragments of the broken skull.
- Traumatic brain injury: A traumatic brain injury refers to any brain injury that results from trauma, as opposed to an acquired condition. Traumatic brain injuries can occur in both closed and open head injuries.
- Primary head and brain damage: This is damage that occurs in its entirely at the time of the impact to the skull, as opposed to evolving over time. A break in the skull would be an example of primary damage.
- Secondary brain damage: This type of damage is particularly dangerous in that it unfolds over time. Victims may feel fine only to develop symptoms of serious brain damage days, weeks, or even months after an accident. This is why it is vitally important for accident victims to seek medical attention immediately, even if they believe themselves to be uninjured.
All of these types of head injuries can occur in a variety of accidents, including auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, surgical and hospital errors, construction accidents, and an accident involving a defective product.
Learn More about Head Injury Cases
If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious head injury that was someone else’s fault, we encourage you to contact the Law Offices of Edward Deason to arrange for an evaluation of your case.