Traumatic Brain Injuries vs. Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries

When a person sustains a brain injury, their condition will either be classified as “traumatic” or “non-traumatic.” While these are both types of brain injuries, they are caused by different factors and affect the brain in different ways.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are known as such because they are caused by external physical trauma and accidents. Non-traumatic brain injuries are not caused by traumatic accidents; rather, they result from issues within the brain that cause damage to the organ.
Causes of Injury

Traumatic brain injuries are caused by accidents. Conversely, non-traumatic brain injuries are caused by internal issues that damage the brain.

The causes of a traumatic brain injury may include car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions, work injuries, and slip and fall accidents. Any incident in which the head is hit, punctured, or injured in another way could result in a traumatic brain injury.

Non-traumatic brain injuries generally occur when the brain does not receive enough oxygen.

A non-traumatic brain injury may be caused by infection, illness, stroke, toxic exposure, medical malpractice, or drowning.

Types of Traumatic and Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries

The different causes of brain injuries result in an array of effects on the brain. Some injuries, such as a mild concussion, cause minor symptoms that can be relieved with minimal treatment. Severe brain injuries can cause permanent damage that affects a person’s abilities for the rest of their life.

Types of traumatic brain injuries include:

● Concussion
● Contusion
● Penetration

The causes of non-traumatic brain injuries impact the brain cells from within. Non-traumatic brain injuries are generally classified as either anoxic and hypoxic. When an anoxic brain injury occurs, the brain has not received any oxygen for an extended period of time. Hypoxic brain injuries involve the brain receiving a limited supply of oxygen, causing damage.

What if Someone Else is At Fault for My Brain Injury?

If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills and other damages by filing a claim against the at-fault party. The legal team of Malzahn Law can help if you or a loved one suffered from a brain injury. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve and the care you need.

Call 763-421-2160 to schedule a free consultation with Mark W. Malzahn.