The brain is one of the most important parts of the body, so it is not hard to believe that a traumatic brain injury can significantly change the life of a victim. He is lucky if the injury is mild, but if it is severe, he may experience serious cognitive, motor, and sensory problems.
According to the website of Mazin & Associates, PC, those who have sustained brain injuries may have legal options. This is particularly true for the victims who have sustained them because of the fault of another party, especially if negligence or recklessness has been involved. But how can such an injury be sustained? There are different ways how.
Closed Head Injury
The most obvious way to sustain a traumatic brain injury is by receiving enough traumatic force into the head. Usually, this force comes from falling accidents, traffic accidents, sports and recreational accidents, and violence. These accidents typically don’t involve skull penetration.
Open Head Injury
Like a closed head injury, an open head injury is sustained by receiving enough force. The difference is that open head injury primarily involves skull penetration, usually from bullets, flying debris from car accidents, and other projectiles.
When the body is moving and suddenly decelerates or stops, the parts inside the body goes in a jolting motion that often causes injury. The brain is particularly vulnerable to this motion because of its gelatinous consistency, not to mention that it is enclosed in a hard casing in the form of the skull. Unlike closed and open head injury, an acceleration-deceleration injury does not necessarily require the head to be hit, because the jolting motion alone, if it is strong enough, can already cause damage.
This is perhaps the least obvious way to sustain a traumatic brain injury, because it doesn’t involve a blatant hit in the head and it doesn’t happen every day, unlike car accidents. The blast wave may cause injury to the brain. The victim may also get thrown onto a hard surface or get hit by a projectile from the blast. Either can also cause a traumatic brain injury.