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Two kinds of brain injuries could have a lasting impact

Brain injuries can be significant or fairly minor, but they impact your life no matter their severity. Most people don't realize, however, that there are actually two different kinds of brain injuries that you can suffer.

One -- called a traumatic brain injury (TBI) -- is caused by external forces. For example, if you're hit by a car and hit your head on the dash, you could have a TBI as a result.

The second kind, called an acquired brain injury, is caused by internal forces. For instance, if you develop a blood clot after surgery, the brain may not receive nutrients or oxygen and could suffer an injury as a result.

Both kinds of brain injuries are serious and have to be treated as quickly as possible. Damage from a brain injury is sometimes localized, but often impacts both sides of the brain or large portions of the brain.

Can you recover completely from brain injuries?

Sometimes.

For example, if you have a minor brain injury, the prognosis is usually good for recovery. If you suffer a severe brain injury resulting in a coma or other serious symptoms, you may have trouble recovering. Although some degree of recovery often occurs, some victims find that they never truly regain all the functionality they had before an injury to the brain.

If you're hurt and suffer a brain injury, you'll want to do what you can to get the financial support you need. If another person is responsible for your injuries, it's appropriate to file a claim for the pain and suffering you're going through now. The money you receive may be necessary to obtain the care and services you need in order to live a fuller, happier life.

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