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What is the Difference Between Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries?

At the Law Office of Robert Castro, our personal injury attorneys in Waldorf know how difficult it is for our clients to adjust to a head or brain injury they sustained after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident.

The recovery process is typically long and arduous, requiring extensive medical care and time away from work to fully heal when permanent injuries are not part of the equation.

Both the head and brain play a significant role in our everyday lives, and when one or both suffer an injury caused by another’s negligent actions or inaction, our Maryland personal injury attorneys will help create legal solutions that will allow you to pursue the liable party for the financial recovery you need to move forward with confidence.

First, we must determine which type of injury you sustained, as head and brain injuries have different medical requirements and can affect your life in distinctive ways.

How are Head and Brain Injuries Different?

We often hear head injury and brain injury used interchangeably, which is a bit of a misnomer.

To safeguard the brain, humans have a layer of hair, scalp, skull, and several layers inside the skull. A head injury occurs when there is harm to the skull.

Head injuries can occur during traffic accidents and slip and falls, which can leave bruises, scrapes, or even open wounds to the head, but leave the brain uninjured. These are head injuries and are still profoundly serious.

A brain injury occurs when there is harm to the brain beneath the skull, which is designed to protect it.

The brain is more complicated. It connects the nerves, tissues, and blood vessels that operate at the center of the nervous system that receives, processes, and sends messages to the body.

This allows us to see, smell, hear, move, think, and react to help regulate our bodies and keep us safe.

Brain injuries can be the result of a head injury, even when the skull does not suffer harm. The brain can be jostled by jarring movements and strong forces that create internal injuries by tearing nerves that cause neurological damage that keeps the brain from functioning properly.

This can result in ongoing physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems.

Have You or a Loved One Suffered a Head or Brain Injury in Maryland?

If you have suffered a head or brain injury during an accident caused by another’s negligence or have tragically lost a loved one during a collision, you may require extensive medical care, time away from work, or even suffer costly permanent damage. We can help.

Contact our experienced brain injury attorneys in Maryland at the Law Office of Robert Castro by calling (301) 870-1200 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.  If your personal injury case is eligible, we will provide our legal services on a contingency basis, which means if we do not win your case, you do not pay our legal fees.