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What’s a Non-Traumatic Brain Injury?

When most people think of a brain injury, they picture an accident involving blunt force trauma to the brain. There are, however, types of brain injuries that do not involve blunt force trauma. These types of injuries are called “non-traumatic brain injuries,” and they may have effects on the brain that are just as damaging as traditional TBI. Get the facts on non-traumatic brain injury and what to do if you or someone you love has suffered one.

Types of Non-Traumatic Brain Injury

Many types of non-traumatic brain injury are serious conditions that may impart long-term damage on the brain and on the victim’s health and well-being. Examples of non-traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Meningitis. Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges which cover the brain. Increased intracranial pressure results from the subsequent inflammation, which can permanently damage areas of the brain and their specific functions.

  • Encephalitis. This condition involves inflammation of brain substances caused by an infection or allergy.

  • Aneurysm. An aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel wall is caused to balloon outward. Most aneurysms are extremely dangerous as the individual is typically asymptomatic until the aneurysm ruptures.

  • Stroke. Stroke refers to the process where blood vessel blockage compromises oxygenation to the brain. The affected area of the brain dies or becomes otherwise compromised.

When the actions of a medical practitioner cause or fail to diagnose such conditions, they may be held liable for damages. In one of our recent cases, we represented then seven-year-old Stephanie Wright who was rendered catastrophically brain-injured and quadriplegic as a result of an emergency room physician’s failure to diagnose her H-Flu meningitis, which resulted in increased intracranial pressure and severe brain injury. After deliberation, a California jury rendered its verdict on behalf of Stephanie Wright which totaled $26,053,000, one of the largest medical malpractice awards in the state.

If you or someone you love suffers from a non-traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact Scarlett Law Group at (415) 688-2176 to learn how we can help you.


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