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What Are the Most Common Causes of Brain Injuries?

Posted on in Car Accidents

rockford personal injury lawyerWhile the brain is one of the most important organs in the body, it is also one of the most sensitive. Even though the skull provides protection for the brain, there are many ways that serious brain injuries can occur, and they can drastically affect a person’s health and well-being. A person who suffers from a brain injury may experience issues such as memory loss, sleep disorders, sensory issues, problems with balance and coordination, mood disorders, personality changes, seizures, or intellectual disabilities. By understanding the causes of brain injuries, victims can determine their legal options for receiving compensation that will allow them to address their symptoms and make a full recovery.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Many of the most serious brain injuries involve trauma such as a blow to the head. These traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can occur in situations such as:

  • Car accidents - While motor vehicles have safety features such as airbags that are meant to protect against brain injuries, drivers and passengers may still be injured by striking their head on a steering wheel, dashboard, the frame of a vehicle, or other objects. These injuries are more likely to occur in high-speed collisions, rollover accidents, or collisions involving large vehicles such as commercial trucks or buses. Motorcyclists or pedestrians who are involved in collisions are also likely to experience serious brain injuries.

  • Falls - A person may strike their head on the ground or other objects during a slip and fall accident. Serious brain injuries are even more likely when a person falls from a great height due to issues such as a collapsing balcony or defective railings on an upper level or walkway.

  • Assaults - Some brain injuries may be intentionally inflicted by another person. These may occur due to domestic violence or abuse, robberies, or fights at bars or sports games.

Other Types of Brain Injuries

Some people may suffer brain damage due to issues that are not related to trauma. For example, an infection may lead to inflammation in the brain, or blood clots may cause a person to experience a stroke. In some cases, these injuries may be attributed to medical malpractice. A misdiagnosis of a person’s condition may lead to a delay in treatment that could prevent brain injuries, or medication errors may result in dangerous side effects that cause brain damage. Surgical errors may also lead to infections or blood clots that cause brain injuries as well as problems with anesthesia that may limit the flow of blood and oxygen to a person’s brain, resulting in brain damage.

Contact Our Winnebago County Brain Injury Lawyers

Brain injuries can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, and their effects may not become known until significant time has passed after the injury initially took place. At Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS, we can help victims determine the causes of brain injuries and take legal action to recover compensation from those who were responsible. To set up a free consultation, contact our Rockford traumatic brain injury attorneys today by calling 815-215-7561.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557

https://www.shepherd.org/patient-programs/brain-injury/about/causes


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