Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC Articles A Concise Explanation of Brain Injuries

A Concise Explanation of Brain Injuries

By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC  Oct. 28, 2010 9:20a

There are two types of injuries. The first type is referred to as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI occurs as a result of a direct blow to the head, in which case the force of the blow was enough to puncture through the skull and damage the brain or cause the brain to move within the skull. If you've watched enough CSI episodes, you may recall hearing the actors refer to the cause of death (COD) as "blunt force trauma" to the head. Traumatic brain injuries could have been prevented and often times occur as a result of an accident, someone else's negligence or a violent altercation. Common causes of TBI's are:

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Physical Violence
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Construction accidents
  • Premise liability

The Second Type of Brain Injury

The second type of brain injury is called an acquired brain injury. An acquired brain injury occurs after birth and on a cellular level, in which case instead of one particular area of the brain being affected, cells all throughout the brain are affected. Some common causes of acquired brain injuries are:

  • Drowning accidents
  • Airway obstruction
  • Choking
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Stroke
  • Toxic Chemicals
  • Infectious diseases
  • Electrocution
  • Insect-carried diseases

The United States Centers for Disease reports that there are approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. that suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year. 85,000 suffer from long term disabilities and 50,000 of those people die. If you or a loved one have suffered from a brain injury as a result of somebody else's negligence, a St. Louis brain injury attorney at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC can help maximize your compensation so you can start building a brighter future.

Contact a St. Louis Brain Injury Lawyer at our office today for a free case evaluation.

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