But the following is what our traumatic brain injury lawyers in LA want readers to realize: brain injuries can occur even when the accident itself does not seem severe or physical signs like bruising or bone breaks are not present.
There are many different types of traumatic brain injuries that can occur due to an accident. Let's take a closer look at the more common ones that our lawyers have helped clients deal with:
- Concussion: Considered the most common of traumatic brain injuries, concussions occur when the brain swells after a blow to the head. Most people also suffer a temporary loss of consciousness.
- Skull fractures: Skull fractures occur when the bone surrounding the brain (the skull) cracks or breaks after a severe blow to the head. There are two main types of skull fractures-a depressed skull fracture, which happens when a piece of broken skull bone presses down on the brain, and a penetrating skull fracture, which is when an actual object pierces the skull.
- Brain contusion: Also known as bruising on the brain, brain contusions can happen when there is a blow to the head or the head is jerked violently. Since the brain is surrounded by fluid, it is still possible for it to move around inside the head. When the brain strikes the inside of the skull in the event of a forceful head movement, a brain contusion can occur.
- Hematoma: If a major blood vessel in the brain is damaged, heavy bleeding on or around the brain can occur. The first type of hematoma is the epidural hematoma, which is bleeding between the brain and dura, the space between the brain and the skull. Subdural hematomas happen between the membrane surrounding the brain (the arachnoid membrane) and the dura. The third type of hematoma is the intracerebral hematoma, which is bleeding on the brain itself.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head trauma, contact the Los Angeles experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers at Steinberg by calling 1-800-989-6385. We will provide you with a complimentary case evaluation and a free copy of Seven Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.