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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What are the main causes of traumatic brain injury?

Even though a person’s skull is pretty hard compared to other areas of the body, the brain is still vulnerable to devastating damage. A strike to the head or whiplash can cause serious and irreparable damage to the brain. Since the brain is the control center of the body, an injury can lead to emotional, physical and mental harm, changing someone’s life in an instant.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates around 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur each year. Overall, these types of injuries amount to around 1/3 of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Many do not require any hospitalization, but some traumatic brain injuries can lead to lasting disabilities.

What Causes Traumatic Brain Injury?

The Mayo Clinic says traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

1.            Falls: Falling is usually the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Falling in the bathroom or from a ladder can lead to bleeding in and around the brain, which could clause clotting and other damage to brain cells.

2.            Automobile accidents: Crashes involving vehicles, bikes and motorcycles can lead to traumatic brain injuries. A collision involving a pedestrian can lead to a devastating blow to the head, which can damage the brain as it makes impact with the inside of the skull.

3.            Violence: Gunshot wounds or any other form of violence can lead to traumatic brain injuries. Objects that enter the skull can severely damage brain cells and other tissues in the brain. Shaking a baby or small child can also lead to traumatic brain injuries such as shaken baby syndrome.

4.            Sports injuries: Participating in sports like boxing, football and hockey can lead to traumatic brain injury, which is particularly a risk among younger people. High-impact sports with an intense nature can present numerous opportunities for blows to the head.

5.            Injuries in combat: If you have served in the military, explosions, penetrating shrapnel or degrees, and collisions with objects are believed to contribute or cause traumatic brain injury. The Mayo Clinic believes pressure waves from a blast can impact brain function.

The range of injuries can often vary in severity, which means cases involving traumatic brain injury are often treated subjectively. If you feel your injury was due to negligence, you may be able to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to gain compensation.

What Can I Do?

Traumatic brain injuries often lead to long lasting and permanent effects. If you are able to bring a case to court, you can get compensation for medical bills, lost wages and any long-term care that may be required. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to collaborate with medical professionals who can testify about your case and substantiate a claim of negligence.

Enlist the Help of a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of others you may be entitled to a significant amount of damages and receive compensation for medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other related expenses. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Tony Nguyen Law Firm will fight for your right to just compensation. Contact us today for a consultation at 512.842.4538.


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