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.
Traumatic brain injury
Brain injuries often happen to children. Some children receive brain injuries during birth, when their heads receive too much pressure inside the birth canal or when extraction instruments such as extraction vacuums and forceps are used in an aggressive manner. Or, children who are victims of child abuse may receive brain injuries when they are hit, shoved or shaken (the latter is called Shaken Baby Syndrome). These are all types of traumatic 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.