An acquired brain injury is any type of brain injury that occurs after birth. Acquired brain injuries are not hereditary, congenital, or degenerative. Instead, they often occur because of an illness or traumatic event. Accordingly, acquired brain injuries are often divided into two groups: traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries.
Non-Traumatic Acquired Brain Injuries
Acquired brain injuries can sometimes happen after non-traumatic events. For example, non-traumatic brain injuries can occur because of health conditions such as strokes, aneurysms, infectious diseases, or tumors, and nobody is at fault for them. However, other times medical malpractice or other forms of negligence can result in a medical condition causing a severe brain injury that could have been avoided with reasonable care.
Traumatic Acquired Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries occur when an outside force impacts the brain, and they typically follow personal injury accidents. For example, a traumatic brain injury may occur after (a):
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Nursing home abuse
- Daycare abuse
- Any other type of intentional or negligent action
Traumatic brain injuries can be closed head injuries where the force of the accident causes the brain to crash against the skull or open head injuries where an object penetrates the skull and brain.
Should You Pursue a Kentucky Brain Injury Case?
Both traumatic and non-traumatic acquired brain injuries can result in significant changes in your life. Physical, cognitive, emotional, and social changes may be temporary or permanent.
If someone else’s negligent or intentional actions caused your brain injury, you might be able to recover damages in a brain injury lawsuit. Your damages may include, but may not be limited to, past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
Whether medical malpractice caused you to suffer a non-traumatic brain injury or another form of negligence caused you to suffer a traumatic brain injury, our experienced brain injury lawyers are here to help you. Please call us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation and to learn more about your rights and possible recovery.