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Brain Injuries: Traumatic vs. Non-Traumatic

Brain injuries are some of the most commonly sustained types of injuries because of how easy they can occur and the many different circumstances that can result in them happening. However, what people may not know is that they’re typically categorized in multiple different ways.

Two of the classifications that often confuse individuals include traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries. This is because catastrophic brain injuries are commonly referred to as just “traumatic brain injuries.” There are some key differences of which you should be aware.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury is one caused by physical trauma to a person’s head and brain. These are typically the more common types of brain injuries because they can be caused by vehicle accidents, sporting injuries, blunt force trauma, and slip and falls.

These are injuries that may result with or without penetration to the brain. For instance, in a crash, the head may jolt causing the brain to make contact with the skull causing the injury. Should assault occur, like a gunshot, this would be a penetrating brain injury in which the trauma goes through the skull and into the brain.

What Is a Non-Traumatic Brain Injury?

Non-traumatic brain injuries may often be referred to as acquired brain injuries because they do not stem from impact to the head or skull. They’re caused by a number of different conditions including infections, cancer, tumors, stroke, or other health conditions.

A non-traumatic brain injury can typically occur when the brain loses the blood or oxygen flow for an extended period of time. Swelling from a serious infection can also cause damage to the brain tissue and result in long-term effects.

Both traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries can be the result of another person’s negligent actions. When this happens, the individual affected—or their family—may have the right to explore potential legal options to seek justice and compensation from the responsible party.

At Caputo & Van Der Walde, we have the experience to guide you through the process to help you take legal action. Our San Jose brain injury lawyers aim to stand by your side every step of the way, focusing on your best interests and pursuing the most favorable outcome possible on your behalf.