It is common to associate brain injuries with a blow to the head, and you may not even be too concerned if you experience a mild concussion. However, factors going on inside the skull may lead to serious brain damage, even without a significant trauma. At Curtis & Lucero, we have counseled many people who have been victims of an acquired brain injury.
TraumaticBrainInjury.com explains that degenerative, hereditary, congenital and birth trauma injuries are not considered acquired, but a traumatic brain injury or secondary injury is. You could receive a TBI from a violent movement of your head that causes your brain to come in contact with the inside of your skull, as well as a blow to the head. If you have a stroke or heart attack and do not receive prompt medical attention, the lack of oxygen could also cause brain injury or death.
Whether or not you sustain a blow to the head, you may still be at risk of a secondary injury if the treatment you receive does not prevent further damage. For example, after an object penetrates your skull, or if pieces of your skull are shattered and enter your brain, your doctor should be particularly cautious to avoid infection.
A closed head injury may also lead to bleeding into the brain tissues, torn nerve tissues, swelling and pressure. If you seek immediate medical attention, your doctor should address these problems quickly to prevent further hemorrhage, increased fluid, cell death, lack of oxygen and swelling. More information about health care provider responsibilities and medical mistakes is available on our web page.