“A non-degenerative injury to the brain that has occurred since birth. It can be caused by external physical force or by metabolic derangement. The term ‘Acquired Brain Injury’ includes traumatic brain injury, such as open or closed head injury, and non-traumatic brain injuries such as those caused by strokes and other vascular accidents, hypoxia, toxic substances taken into the body through inhalation or ingestion, and any invasive surgery or treatments for tumours. Currently the term does not include brain injuries that are congenital or produced by birth trauma.”
– Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) as defined by the United Kingdom Acquired Brian Injury Forum (UKABIF).
There are many ways that can cause a brain injury. Your loved may have been affected by a brain injury that was caused by a fall, or a road traffic accident, a sporting injury or assault. These are all types of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Other causes of your loved ones’ brain injury may have been from a stroke, tumour, infection, hemorrhage or meningitis. These are all types of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).