Can you get a brain injury from a fall or minor sports injury?

If you've suffered a brain injury from a car accident or other cause, then you need to know that you're not alone. In fact, approximately 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury in the United States each year. Of those people, some die from their injuries, but others spend time out of their lives in emergency rooms and hospitals. Were you aware that you don't have to be traveling quickly or even hit your head hard to suffer from a brain injury?

Brain injuries can be a result of a fall, car accident, sport injuries or other accidents. Whether you hit your head or neck, you can cause the brain to bruise, swell, tear or bleed. All of these issues are potentially dangerous.

When you want to make a claim for your brain injury, you're going to need to know a few things. First, did you have an open or closed head injury? Open injuries take place when you have a fracture or break in the skull. Closed wounds don't cause a fracture, but it can still be as serious as or more serious than an open injury because of the danger of the brain swelling or suffering from blood clots.

After a brain injury, you could face paralysis, trouble with staying conscious or other side effects. As you heal, it's hoped that you will recover, but that's not always the case. If you've suffered a brain injury due to someone's negligence, you may want to consider seeking compensation to help you while you recover. With the right compensation, you won't have to worry about money or payments while you heal.

Source: FindLaw, "Brain Injury Overview" Nov. 04, 2014

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