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JMW's Guide to Head Injury Legal Language - Types of Head Injury
Gordon: Hello I'm Gordon Cartright, I'm a partner in JMW's Personal Injury department.
When you or a loved one have suffered a head injury as a result of an accident, dealing with the consequences can be taxing and upsetting. On top of that there's a great deal of medical and legal language to get to grips with which you may never have encountered before. I have put together a series of short videos to explain some of the terms you may come across, starting with the two types of head injury someone can sustain. A Closed Head Injury and an Open Head Injury.
A head injury is classed as a closed head injury when nothing has penetrated the scalp or skull to cause damage to the brain tissue. This means damage is caused because of violent movement the brain has been subject to, not because of a foreign object in the brain. A good example of when this sort of injury can occur is a road traffic accident where a closed head injury can be sustained as the brain is thrown forward and then backwards against the wall of the skull after a sudden or high speed impact.
On the other hand an open head injury occurs when an item fractures the skull and pierces the brain tissue, these are known as penetrating head injuries and can occur in a number of different settings.
Neither sort of head injury should be given anything less than serious consideration, if you or anyone you know has sustained a head injury it is vital that they seek immediate medical attention so that they can be treated appropriately. If you are interested in making a claim, give us a call on 0800 054 6078 and we will get the ball rolling for you. Thanks for watching.