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What are the 3 types of traumatic brain injury?

There are many types of accident that can cause a traumatic brain injury. For example, this could happen if you're struck by another vehicle when driving a motorcycle. The same could occur if you're involved in an accident as the driver of a passenger vehicle.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it's important to learn as much as possible about the health implications. This starts with understanding the three types of traumatic brain injuries:

-- Concussion. This is a mild brain injury that can lead to the loss of consciousness, however, it doesn't typically cause permanent brain injury. Note: if you receive multiple concussions, it can have a long term negative impact on your health.

-- Diffuse axonal injury. This happens when the brain suddenly moves back and forth inside the skull, thus resulting in damage to the nerve axons.

-- Traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage. This happens when bleeding occurs within the space that surrounds the brain. As the blood spreads this can have a negative impact on the entire body.

As you can imagine, all three types of traumatic brain injury are serious. While some injuries are more severe than others, each and every one needs to be treated in the appropriate manner.

If a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, for example, you must ensure that he or she is receiving the best medical care. Along with this, learn more about the cause of accident and injury. This will help you understand his or her legal rights, including the ways to receive compensation for the injury and other damages.

Source: Mayfield Brain & Spine, "Traumatic brain injury Open print version," accessed March 15, 2017

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