An acquired brain injury is a brain injury caused by events that happen after birth.
One type of acquired brain injury is when the injury is caused by trauma to the head. This is known as a traumatic brain injury, and can be a result of road traffic accidents, accidents at work, sporting impacts, assaults, falls, or injuries from falling objects.
Acquired brain injuries can also be a result of other medical conditions, such as brain aneurysms and haemorrhages, tumours, strokes, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain usually caused by infections), hydrocephalus (a build up of fluid inside the skull), and meningitis.
Situations where the supply of oxygen to the brain is reduced can also lead to brain injuries. If the brain’s oxygen supply is completely stopped for a period, this can cause brain injury known as anoxic brain injury. If the oxygen supply is partially stopped, this can cause what is known as hypoxic brain injury.
Acquired brain injury symptoms include increased fatigue, headaches, and changes in vision, smell or touch. Patients with acquired brain injury may also experience changes in their learning abilities, and they may suffer problems with their memory and difficulty with their communication.
Our brain injury solicitors have significant experience of providing support to patients who are experiencing these symptoms and wish to make a claim for compensation. We also work closely with charities and support groups that specialise in offering acquired brain injury rehabilitation, and can signpost you to these during the course of making a claim.