What Is the Difference Between Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury?

If you or a loved one sustained head or brain injuries in an accident or as the result of a medical professional’s actions, you could have the right to pursue legal action.

When another party’s negligent or wrongful acts cause you physical, emotional, or financial damages, you could be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Understanding more about brain injuries and how they affect victims’ lives can help you determine the best course of action. In New Jersey, talking to a brain injury lawyer from O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble can provide you with the information you need to move forward with a medical malpractice or another type of personal injury claim.

What Is Acquired Brain Injury?

An acquired brain injury, or ABI, is an injury the victim sustained after birth due to deprivation of oxygen. This term is used to describe any type of head injury that affects the victim’s brain function. ABIs can cause the victim to experience acute or chronic problems with physical, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.

When we discuss ABIs, they are generally broken down into two basic categories: traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries. Non-traumatic head injury types include stroke, aneurysm, tumor, meningitis, encephalitis, etc.

You might hear non-traumatic brain injuries referred to as acquired brain injuries. Technically, both TBIs and non-traumatic injuries fall under the ABI category. Because TBIs usually arise from an accident of some kind, they are more likely to be caused by someone else’s careless or wrongful actions than non-traumatic injuries. TBIs can be severe and have a serious impact on the victim.

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Head injuries are classified as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) when they are caused by a traumatic event and affect the victim’s brain function. TBI can occur when the victim sustains a blow to the head as the result of a fall or severe accident, such as a motor vehicle collision. You can also suffer a TBI in a physical assault or while participating in a contact sport.

TBIs can cause symptoms that include dizziness, loss of consciousness, and headache. Victims can experience amnesia, memory loss, and sensory deficits. Long-term effects include a variety of physical, emotional, and mental symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Depending on the type and extent of the damage, victims may require extensive treatment, often for the duration of their lives. They may never regain the ability to work, socialize, or even care for themselves.

Contact Our New Jersey Brain Injury Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one suffered a head injury in an accident or incident you didn’t cause, you deserve justice and fair compensation for your damages. A New Jersey brain injury attorney can help.

The experienced brain injury lawyers of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble understand how frightening and confusing the legal process can be. We handle every aspect of your case, fighting for your legal rights and working tirelessly to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

We have offices in Springfield, Newark, Freehold, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Jersey City. You can call us at 908-928-9200 or contact our office now to learn more about how we can help you get justice for your brain injury.

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