Open and Closed Brain Injuries

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

A closed brain injury results from trauma to the head that does not break the skull. When something strikes your head with great force, your brain can be injured even though there was not direct contact with the brain.

When something breaks your skull and enters your brain, an open brain injury results.

Both types of brain injury can have devastating, lifelong effects. Even though someone who suffers a closed brain injury may appear normal following the incident, brain swelling and bleeding can occur rapidly. When the brain is penetrated, such as may occur in a car accident, there may be severe physical, behavioral, and cognitive consequences. Possible long-term effects of a brain injury include:

  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Loss of sensation
  • Hearing problems
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to problem solve
  • Speech impairment
  • Depression and other mood changes

After suffering any kind of serious trauma to the head, you must seek medical attention. Many cases of brain injury are not outwardly apparent, but require diagnosis and treatment nonetheless.

If you have suffered a head or brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with experienced brain injury lawyers serving Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding areas.