Types of Traumatic Head Injuries

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Types of Traumatic Head Injuries

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle July 27 2022 6:20 pm
Types of Traumatic Head Injuries

A head injury can happen in car accidents, pedestrian accidents, other traffic crashes, falls, and other incidents. These injuries cannot be minimized because the potential consequences can be profound for many victims. Every kind of head injury will have its own set of symptoms and treatments depending on the cause of the injury as well as other factors such as the injury’s severity and duration.

Types of Traumatic Head Injuries

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated 10,746,629 head traumas were treated in emergency departments in the United States between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2011, which translates to an average of 2,149,326 cases annually. If you or your loved one suffers a traumatic head injury, you will want to be quick to contact a personal injury attorney in Kansas.

Head injuries can be divided into several types. Some of the most common head injuries include:

 

  • Concussions — A severe concussion can involve loss of consciousness for more than five minutes, and the symptoms could last for weeks before they finally begin to subside. A victim could be at risk of permanent brain damage if they suffer a grade 3 concussion. 

 

  • Contusions — Also known as an intracerebral hematoma, a contusion is a kind of brain bruise causing bleeding and swelling inside the brain around the area in which the head was struck. Contusions can occur in the cases of skull fractures or other blood clots, such as a subdural or epidural hematoma. 

 

  • Skull fractures — Skull fractures are breaks in the skull bone, and the four major types of skull fractures include linear skull fractures in which there is a break in the bone but does not move the bone, depressed skull fractures in which part of the skull is sunken in from the trauma, diastatic skull fractures in which the normal suture lines are widened, and basilar skull fractures in which there is a break in the bone at the base of the skull. 

 

  • Intracranial hematoma (ICH) — There are several types of ICH in or around the brain that include epidural hematoma in which a blood clot forms underneath the skull, but on top of the dura, the covering that surrounds the brain, subdural hematoma in which a blood clot forms underneath both the skull and the dura, but outside of the brain, diffuse axonal injuries (DAIs) in which the brain shakes back and forth.

 

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) — TBIs can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects that can appear immediately after a traumatic event, while other cases could show symptoms days or weeks later. People who suffer these types of injuries are often affected for the remainder of their lives.

Traumatic Head Injury

Common symptoms of traumatic head injuries include headaches, dizziness, nausea, feeling lightheaded, temporary ringing in the ears, blurred vision, and slurred speech. Common causes of traumatic head injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, and acts of violence.

 

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Did you or a loved one recently suffer a traumatic head injury in Kansas? You will want to make sure you are working with Pyle Law Firm for help recovering every last dollar of financial compensation you need and deserve.

Our firm understands the severity of these cases and will know how to fight to make sure that you have every single cost you are now facing covered by a negligent party. Call (620) 374-9152 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation that will allow us to examine your case and discuss all of your legal options with you.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney E. Thomas Pyle who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a practicing personal injury trial attorney.