Brain injuries often happen as a result of head trauma. These are called traumatic brain injuries. Head trauma occurs during car accidents, falls, and assaults, as well as many other incidents during which the head receives a substantial blow. The brain becomes injured because the skull is damaged or because the brain is shaken inside the skull. Bleeding can build up pressure within the skull, which can also damage the brain.
Acquired brain injury
An acquired brain injury occurs during a near-drowning incident, suffocation, choking, strangulation, and exposure to toxins or viruses. These occur because there is a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain. Drug use can also cause acquired brain injuries.
Treatment and rehabilitation for brain injuries is costly—the annual cost for brain injuries in the U.S. often exceeds $50 billion. Rehabilitation often includes physical therapy, speech therapy and psychological treatment. People who suffer from brain injuries often need occupational therapy as well. Contact an injury lawyer in order to have your questions and financial concerns addressed by a professional.