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Brain injuries can happen more easily than you think

It does not take much to cause a brain injury. Car accidents, falls, sports injuries, even if they seem minor, can result in major injuries. Imagine taking a fall in a department store and hitting the back of your head on the floor. Fortunately, there was carpet, so you only suffered some swelling. While the injury does not seem serious on the surface, the fall could have bruised your brain.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to an accident, you might be entitled to compensation. An attorney in Connecticut help you file a claim so that you are not left paying high medical bills due to someone else's negligence. Read further for more information on brain injuries.

Two types

In general, there are two kinds of brain injuries. The first, an open injury, is where the skull has cracked. These usually happen when a person's head comes into contact with hard objects, such as concrete. The second kind are closed injuries. This means that there is not a fracture; however the brain could be swelling, bruising or forming clots. These are the kinds of injuries that often result in paralysis or worse.

Know the signs

The symptoms of a brain injury can take some time to notice. It could be days before the injured person starts to show signs of confusion or memory loss. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, be aware of lethargy, nausea, weakness and bad headaches. Since these symptoms do not always show themselves immediately, it is vital to visit a hospital or doctor as soon as possible after a head injury.

Bruising, tearing, and swelling

When there is an accident that has a forceful impact, such as a car accident, bruising and bleeding of the brain can easily occur. Tearing can also occur in a collision with a lot of force. If tearing happens, there could be serious nerve damage to the brain as well. Unlike when you suffer a sprain and you can see the area become enlarged, when the brain swells, it is trapped with the skull and has no room. As the brain pushes against the bone, intra-cranial pressure is created. This can damage bodily functions such as fine motor skills and speech.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury after being involved in an accident, you may be able to pursue legal action.

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