More than 2.8 million people in the U.S. sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) every year. These injuries are often fatal. In fact, it’s estimated that TBIs account for about 30% of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. How do these devastating injuries occur? Here are some of the most common causes:
The majority of brain injuries are caused by falls. This can include falling out of bed, down the stairs, off a ladder, and any other type of similar accident. People of all ages can suffer brain damage in a fall, but it’s especially common among children and older adults. Many of these victims must be hospitalized after falling and suffering brain damage.
Traffic accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and other vehicles are the second leading cause of TBIs. A brain injury can occur in several different ways in a traffic accident. First, the impact of an accident can cause your head to jolt rapidly back and forth inside the skull. This can lead to a brain injury such as a concussion or contusion.
A brain injury can also occur if your head makes contact with the steering wheel, window, dashboard, or another object during the collision. This blow to the head can lead to bleeding and bruising in the brain.
Acts of Violence
Sadly, many TBIs are caused by assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and other violent crimes. In these cases, the TBI usually occurs as a result of a direct blow to the head, gunshot wound, or violent shaking. These injuries are often fatal, especially if the victim is a child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), homicide is the leading cause of TBI-related death among children under the age of four.
Thousands of athletes suffer sports-related brain injuries every year. Playing any sport carries some level of risk, but research shows that brain injuries occur most often in soccer, football, boxing, hockey, and rugby. These injuries don’t just occur at the professional level—children and teens account for about 70% of sports-related TBIs. Many of these victims aren’t even aware that they’ve been hurt, so they continue to play instead of seeking immediate medical attention.
If you sustained a brain injury due to another person’s negligence, seek legal representation from experienced attorney Martin Gasparian as soon as possible. Focus on your recovery while Mr. Gasparian works tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation regarding your case by calling 559-203-3333 or submitting your information at MaisonLaw.com.