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The Difference Between Traumatic Brain Injury And Anoxic Brain Injury

Recently there has been a lot of focus on the devastating effects of a traumatic brain injury. However, another significant form of brain injury that is less publicized but just as common is anoxic brain injury. Both can happen as a result of an accident and both have long term health impacts and can lead to a fatality. The key difference between traumatic brain injury and anoxic brain injury, is anoxic brain injury has a slower rate of recovery and requires more long term medical attention. So it is very important to understand this difference when filing a personal injury claim.

What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when there is brain damage from a violent blow or jolt to the head. There are several types of traumatic brain injuries including concussion, second impact syndrome, contusion, coup-contre coup syndrome, penetrating injury, open and closed head injury, shaken baby syndrome, and locked in syndrome. TBI typically occurs when a person falls, their head is struck by an object during an accident, or they are assaulted by another person. Symptoms of TBI range from dull headaches to nausea to seizures. In extreme cases, TBIs can lead to cardiac arrest, permanent brain damage, and even death. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, there are a range of treatments for TBI. Some symptoms are lifelong.

What Is Anoxic Brain Injury?

Anoxic brain injury (AnBI) occurs when the brain does not receive oxygen and damage occurs. There are fout types of AnBI anoxic anoxia, anemic anoxia, stagnant anoxia, and toxic anoxia. AnBI can happen from both internal and external events. Some common examples of internal events that cause AnBI include stroke, heart attack, or shock. In most cases though, AnBI is caused by external events like drowning, prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide, chest trauma, electrocution, asthma, poisoning, complications from childbirth, and anesthesia accidents. In fact, ⅓ of all AnBI are caused by anesthesia mistakes. Symptoms of AnBI always start with a loss of consciousness. Then once the person regains consciousness they have a range of symptoms from memory loss to anomia to hallucinations. AnBI is very difficult to treat and in severe cases the patient may never recover.

Approaches To Personal Injury Law In Brain Injury Cases

TBI and AnBI are two very different injuries that require different kinds of treatment. So there will be different types of approaches to the claims process, settlement negotiation, and litigation. TBI is usually the result of an accident, while in most personal injury cases AnBI is often the result of toxic exposure specifically on the job. So the type of legal action will vary and proving fault and negligence is very different for each type of injury. So in either case, a patient will need the professional expertise of a qualified personal injury attorney to help prove causation and get fair compensation.

So if you’ve suffered a brain injury, whether as the result of TBI or AnBI, it is important that you hire a personal injury attorney like our qualified professionals at All Injuries Law Firm. With over 30 years of experience helping people receive compensation for their brain injuries, our attorneys know exactly what needs to be done to ensure that patients can afford the long term care needed for their treatment and recovery. If you or someone you know are the victim of a brain injury, call us today for a free consultation to see how we can help you.