What Is Secondary Brain Injury?

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A brain injury is a significant injury that can forever change the way in which you are able to live your life, and also work and support your family. However, it can be difficult to understand the many different types of brain injury that you could experience. Brain injuries are often referred to as “primary brain injuries” and “secondary brain injuries”.

The type of brain injury most people hear about is primary brain injury. These are brain injuries that happen during an initial incident or accident that cause a shift in the physical structures inside the brain. Secondary brain injuries are not caused by mechanical incidents or accidents. Rather, they develop after the initial incident or accident and may happen independently of any primary incident.

Working with a local Omaha brain injury lawyer from Knowles Law Firm who knows the difference and how to apply it to your case will support the best possible outcome.

Main Causes of Secondary Brain Injury

Trauma to the brain is unpredictable and can worsen significantly over time. When you accept a settlement for your damages that do not include costs that might emerge in the future, you and your family will have to cover those costs out of your household budget. This is why accurately diagnosing secondary brain trauma is essential to receiving the full compensation you deserve.

Some of the main causes of secondary brain injuries due to a primary trauma include:

  • Swelling of the brain, known as cerebral edema
  • The pressure inside the skull, known as intracranial pressure
  • Low blood pressure, or hypotension
  • Insufficient oxygen in the brain, or cerebral hypoxia
  • Insufficient blood flow, or ischemia
  • Changes in the blood flow to your brain

Secondary brain injuries can also happen independently of an external incident, including as a result of the following issues:

  • Meningitis
  • Alteration of the neurotransmitter release
  • Excessively acidic blood, or acidosis
  • Brain tumors
  • Abscesses in the brain
  • Excessive carbon dioxide levels in the blood, or hypercapnia

Common Problems Associated with Brain Injuries

Brain injuries often result in a number of different symptoms. The outcome of a brain injury depends upon the volume of brain tissue that is damaged, in addition to the pressure in the skull and how that impacts your brain. Some of the problems may be medically alleviated, but is a difficult process to achieve.

Ensuring that you have the opportunity to pursue the potentially costly treatments that are necessary to alleviate you brain injury’s symptoms as well as possible requires a strong case. Working with a local Omaha brain injury lawyer will ensure that you have a strong case that will cover the full damages you are entitled to.

Connect with a Brain Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Case

Working with an attorney helps to ensure that you collect the complete compensation you are entitled to, so that you and your family don’t have to for expenses linked to your secondary brain injury out of pocket.

For your risk-free, cost-free initial case assessment, schedule a consultation or call us at (402) 575-9949 to explore options.