Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a leading cause of disability and death throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 150 Americans die from TBI-related complications every day.
Those who are fortunate enough to survive after sustaining a traumatic brain injury might have to cope with cognitive impairment, physical disabilities, or mood disorders while recovering. The extent of any permanent damage will depend on a variety of factors; however, it’s not uncommon for moderate to severe TBIs to affect victims in some capacity for the rest of their lives.
There are countless ways to sustain a traumatic brain injury, although some accident scenarios are certainly more likely than others. Read on to learn a few of the leading causes of TBIs.
It may seem obvious that falling from a considerable height can lead to serious injuries, but even a fall at ground level can have devastating consequences. Since a single blow to the head is all it takes to cause brain damage, virtually any kind of slip-and-fall accident can result in a TBI.
With motor vehicle collisions occurring more frequently, it likely comes as no surprise that car accidents are a leading cause of all kinds of injuries. Naturally, traumatic brain injuries are one of them. Even if your head does not strike the dashboard or headrest in a collision, the rapid deceleration can be enough to jostle the brain inside the skull.
Shootings, domestic violence, and assault and battery are responsible for a significant number of traumatic brain injuries annually. If you sustain a TBI in a violent altercation, any civil suits you file would proceed independently of any criminal charges; however, a conviction may help strengthen your claim.
High-impact or extreme sports can end in catastrophe if there is an accident. To reduce the risk of serious injury or death when participating in risky recreational activities, individuals should wear all recommended safety gear at all times.
Traumatic brain injuries caused by explosive blasts are especially common among active duty military personnel. During such blasts, the pressure waves are powerful enough to pass through the skull, disrupting cognitive function.
TBIs caused by explosive blasts are the least understood. Researchers are still trying to discern precisely how the brain can sustain damage without any kind of blow to the head or forceful jostling.
If you sustained a TBI in a preventable accident, you may be entitled to compensation for all resulting damages. To determine the most strategic way to proceed with your claim, contact Ball Eggleston.
Our Indiana personal injury attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and help you fight for the highest possible settlement. We also have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call (765) 742-9046 or use our online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation with a brain injury lawyer in Lafayette.
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