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What types of brain injury are there?

As you may already know, a brain injury can be a particularly serious matter. It can affect a person's ability to form new memories or cause them to lose existing ones. It can impair their movement, speech and even their consciousness. For some people, it can change them completely and permanently, leaving them unable to live their lives as they once did.

We saw previously how a simple fall resulted in the death of a British prince's brother-in-law. Brain injuries can stem from any number of sources, even if the cause does not initially seem very serious. Furthermore, brain injuries do not only stem from trauma. They can also arise from other health complications or from situations that cause oxygen deprivation, such as drowning.

As is explained on FindLaw brain injuries are largely separated into two main categories. Traumatic brain injuries are those that result from external force to the head. This includes open and closed head injuries, such as concussions, contusions, penetration of the brain and diffuse axonal injuries which can result from the head being severely shaken.

Acquired brain injuries do not necessarily have to have involved external force. They often involve the deprivation of oxygen either partially or completely. This can arise from incidents such as strangulation. Acquired brain injuries also include those arising from strokes, toxin exposure and diseases.

Coming to terms with a brain injury can be difficult. However, all is not lost. If you feel someone else was responsible for your injury, you may be able to claim compensation. An attorney can help you understand the options available to you and may be able to assist you in presenting your case.

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