What is Acquired Brain Injury?

When someone suffers a brain injury it is a distressing time for all concerned. We all know that the brain is one of the most important organs in the body. The brain controls everything that we do with our body including not only our physical abilities but also the way in which we think and feel; our emotions.  While the brain is extremely strong and powerful in many respects it is also very fragile and can be damaged.

What is acquired brain injury?

An acquired brain injury is when something has happened to injure the brain, such as an accident, illness or perhaps even as a result of an operation or medical treatment.  Sadly this type of injury is one of the most common causes of death or disability in adults.

The severity of the injury varies from person to person. The injury may be relatively mild and a full recovery possible or alternatively the injury may be permanent resulting in a complete change of life for the injured person and family. In some circumstances the damage may be so severe that it is not possible to save the injured person’s life.

Type of Acquired Brain Injury

There are two types of Acquired Brain Injury:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

    This is where there has been some kind of physical injury to the brain such as a bleed or fracture to the skull which results in the brain being damaged. This type of brain injury might occur as a result of a serious road traffic accident, sporting accident, fall or other direct physical injury.

  • Non-Traumatic Brain Injury

This is where the brain gets injured, but the reason or cause of the injury might not be so obvious. The brain becomes damaged because of an illness rather than a direct injury.  Meningitis or brain tumour are common illnesses which can lead to a brain injury if the condition is particularly advanced or if treatment is not provided quickly enough. The brain can also be damaged due to something called ‘hypoxia’, which is a lack of oxygen getting to the brain. This type of damage can sometimes occur during an operation or during the birth of a baby leading to condition such as cerebral palsy.

Head Injury UK: Here to Help

If you believe you have been the victim of a medical error or negligence relating to the acquisition of, diagnosis or treatment of a brain injury, it may be possible to make a claim.  Compensation cannot bring a loved one back or give medical miracles, but it can help those family members that are left behind or help provide care and medical treatment for the patient who has suffered as a result of the negligence.

At Head Injury UK our specialist brain injury lawyers understand the difficulties of brain injury victims and are experts in helping them claim.  If you want to discuss a possible claim please contact Clare Langford who will be able to offer you free advice or call on 0800 073 0988.

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