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Common Causes of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in several ways, but there are several main causes of TBIs that we want to point out. As we review these common causes of brain injuries, you will notice that many of them revolve around the actions of others. Often, the negligent actions of other individuals, businesses, or entities can lead to these injuries, which means victims could have a route to recover compensation.

How These Injuries Occur

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often caused by sudden, forceful impacts or penetrating injuries to the head. Here are some of the most common causes:

  1. Vehicle accidents. Car, motorcycle, truck, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are leading causes of TBIs. The sudden impact of a collision can cause the brain to move rapidly and violently within the skull, leading to severe injuries.
  2. Falls. Falls are another common cause of TBIs, particularly among young children and the elderly. Slip and fall accidents, falls from ladders or scaffolding, and trips over uneven surfaces can all result in significant brain injuries.
  3. Sports injuries. Contact sports like football, soccer, and boxing carry a high risk of brain injuries. Repeated blows to the head, even if not severe individually, can lead to cumulative brain damage over time. Concussions are a common sports-related brain injury that can have lasting effects.
  4. Violence. Assaults and acts of violence, such as gunshot wounds, domestic violence, and child abuse, can lead to TBIs. These injuries are often severe and can result in long-term disabilities or death.
  5. Workplace accidents. Certain occupations, particularly those in construction, manufacturing, and transportation, pose a higher risk for brain injuries. Falling objects, heavy machinery accidents, and slips and falls are common workplace hazards that can result in TBIs.
  6. Explosions and blasts. Military personnel and workers in specific industries are at risk of TBIs from explosions and blast injuries. The intense pressure wave from a blast can cause significant brain damage, even without a direct impact to the head.
  7. Medical negligence. Surgical errors, anesthesia mistakes, and failure to diagnose or treat conditions like strokes or aneurysms can lead to brain injuries. Medical malpractice can result in significant brain damage if not promptly and properly addressed.

When Can Brain Injury Victims File a Claim?

Victims of traumatic brain injuries may be entitled to file a claim if their injury was caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another party. To file a successful claim, you and your lawyer will need to show, through evidence, that the other party owed a duty of care to you, breached that duty, and caused the injury as a result.

For instance, in a car accident, if another driver was distracted or under the influence of alcohol, they may be held liable for any injuries resulting from the crash. Similarly, if a workplace injury occurred due to inadequate safety measures, the employer might be held responsible.

Should An Attorney Get Involved?

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, consulting with an experienced attorney is highly recommended. Here are several reasons why:

  • Legal experience. An attorney with experience handling brain injury cases will have the knowledge and experience to navigate the legal process.
  • Evidence collection. Gathering evidence is crucial in proving negligence and securing compensation. An attorney can help collect medical records, witness statements, and expert testimonies to build a strong case.
  • Negotiation skills. Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts. An attorney can negotiate with insurance claims adjusters to help you receive the money you need for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
  • Court representation. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, having an attorney represent you in court can improve your chances of a favorable outcome and sometimes even precent the case from going to trial in the first place.

For expert legal guidance on brain injury cases, consider reaching out to Kortum Law Office. Their experienced team is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve and will support you through every step of the legal process.