Types of brain injuries

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Many Californians suffer from brain injuries every year. Depending on the severity of the injury, the potential effects can be devastating and debilitating. Brain injuries are divided into two main categories depending upon how they were received. Traumatic brain injuries are those that result from a blunt force trauma to the head, while acquired brain injuries result from other conditions such as lack of oxygen, strokes, exposure to poisons and tumors or diseases.

Traumatic brain injury re-hospitalization rates

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Friday, December 12, 2014.

California residents may not realize what the re-hospitalization rates are for patients with traumatic brain injuries: the Brain Injury Association of America estimates that the 20 percent re-hospitalization rate is due to certain causes. In past studies, the Association found that people who had disabilities tended to have higher medical expenses, which challenged healthcare providers to find ways to reduce the overall cost of medical care and rehabilitation afterwards. In an effort to lower costs, the trend was initiated for patients to spend fewer days in medical facilities. Individuals with disabilities are more probable of returning to the hospital.

The effects of a mild brain injury

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Monday, December 29, 2014.

California citizens who have suffered any sort of head trauma or injury may be at risk of a Mild Brain Injury. They are differentiated from Traumatic Brain Injury in the severity of the wound that caused the injury but not the extent or the effect. A MBI has the potential to be as extensive or debilitating as a TBI.