What is an acquired brain injury?
An acquired brain injury is any brain injury that occurs, usually with a rapid onset, during a person’s life and after birth. Acquired brain injury commonly results in life-long challenges, including changes to behaviour, emotions and physical function.
The injuries may be traumatic, caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the brain, for example as a result of a fall, assault or road traffic accident. They may also be non-traumatic, brought about because something happens within the body such as a stroke, brain haemorrhage or a viral infection.
Every brain is different, and every brain injury is unique to the person affected.