Head Injury Basics: Types of Closed Head Injuries

By Cullan & Cullan on September 26, 2012 - Comments off

Omaha Brain Damage AccidentA closed head injury is any injury to the head that does not penetrate the skull, and this type of injury is typically caused by blows to the head that may occur in traffic accidents, assaults, and falls. There are significant risks associated with a closed head injury, and very strong blows can lead to severe complications, such as intracranial pressure or brain swelling, which can lead to permanent brain damage if delicate brain tissue and nerve cells are destroyed.

There are several different types of closed head injuries that a person may endure, and the following is more information on each type:


A concussion is generally any head injury that temporarily affects the normal functions of the brain. Most concussions are mild and may not cause a person to lose consciousness, and immediate symptoms of a concussion can include headache, vomiting, nausea, and dizziness.

Brain Contusion

A brain contusion is bruising of the brain that occurs as a result of brain trauma and is present in 20 to 30 percent of all severe head injuries. A person who has suffered a brain contusion may feel weak or numb, and may lose coordination and struggle with memory or cognitive problems.

Diffuse Axonal Injury

This injury is one of the most debilitating types of traumatic brain injuries and can cause permanent damage to nerves in the brain. A diffuse axonal injury may cause brain swelling and intracranial pressure, and may lead to a vegetative state or coma in severe cases.

Intracranial Hematoma

Intracranial hematoma occurs when the brain is forced against the inside of the skull, which results in a pool of blood outside the blood vessels of the brain or in between the skull and brain. As the brain is not designed to drain this much fluid, this can compress brain tissue, which will require a person to seek immediate medical attention.

Obtaining Compensation to Recover

The Omaha closed head injury lawyers of Cullan & Cullan, LLC are also physicians, and as such fully understand that any type of head injury can have a severe impact on a person’s life. Recuperations from a head injury should absolutely be an accident victim’s first priority, but deciding to take legal action against at-fault parties should be considered as well in order to receive the compensation you need to heal. To see how our experienced legal team can help you with your case, schedule a free consultation by calling (402) 397-7600.

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