Could I have a brain injury even if I didn’t hit my head?

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doctor examining brain scans MRI brain injuryYes, you can sustain a serious brain injury even if you don’t experience a direct blow to the head in a car accident, slip and fall, error during surgery, or another incident. For example, a non-impact brain injury can occur in the following situations:

  • Oxygen deprivation. If medical malpractice, for example, leaves you without oxygen for too long, you could suffer permanent brain damage.
  • Fall or car accident. When your body is impacted in a crash or fall, the sudden movement can cause your brain to collide with your skull, resulting in an injury to the brain.

In either of these situations, your whole life can be changed in an instant.

Possible Types of Brain Injuries

Some of the specific brain injuries you can suffer without hitting your head include:

  • Coup contra coup brain injury. When the brain hits the skull, a coup injury may occur. If the force is strong enough to force the brain to hit the skull in a second spot, the second injury is known as a contra coup injury.
  • Shearing injury. When your brain is shaken up inside your skull, some brain nerve fibers could be stretched or severed.

The specific areas of your life that may be impacted by these injuries depend on the part of the brain that was damaged. For example, if the frontal lobe is damaged, it could impact movement or cognitive abilities.

Protect Your Legal Rights After a Brian Injury Accident

If you suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue legal compensation in a Kentucky lawsuit. It does not matter how the brain damage occurred or if you also suffered a head injury. Call our experienced Kentucky brain injury lawyers today or fill out our online contact form to have us contact you. We would be happy to review your claim, advise you of your legal rights, and fight for your fair and just recovery if you have a legal claim.

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