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In a San Diego car accident, there are many different types of injuries which one could potentially suffer. One of the most severe, however, is a traumatic brain injury. There are many different types of brain injury, but all of them carry serious and life-threatening effects. In this blog, our San Diego car accident lawyers discuss four of the most common types of brain injuries.

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The Most Common Types of Brain Injuries


Although they are one of the most common and well-known types of brain injury, the damaging effects of concussions are still not fully understood. While the effects of these injuries continue to be a hot topic in the NFL world, car accidents cause far more concussions than professional football. A concussion can have a number of serious side effects, but they also often go undetected for weeks, months, or even years after the injury occurred. Medical experts believe that it typically takes between a few months, to a few years for a concussion to heal.

Brain Contusions

A contusion is essentially a bruised brain, which means there is internal bleeding taking place. In more minor cases, these injuries can heal on their own, although they take a while to do so. In serious cases, however, surgery is needed to remove these large contusions and prevent more serious injury.

Coup-Contrecoup Injuries

Coup-Contrecoup injuries are actually also brain contusions, but they refer to a very specific type. In these injuries, the force of impact causes injury at the impact site and is also strong enough to move the brain forward, causing it to impact with the other side of the skull. These injuries can be especially dangerous, as they involve multiple contusions which can be quite severe.

Diffuse Axonal Injuries

These injuries are some of the most severe, as they can severely impact the brain’s normal processes. Diffuse axonal injuries are caused by serious shaking or rotation of the head, which can often occur in a car accident. The brain remains stationary while the skull starts rotating or shaking – when the brain “catches up” and starts moving, the resulting stress can rep or tear tissue throughout the brain. These injuries can result in serious brain damage, permanent disability, or even death.

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