Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Head injuries occur all too frequently, and because the brain is such a fragile thing, even seemingly minor injuries can cause lasting damage. There are a variety of ways a person can sustain brain injury, and various ways it can manifest and cause harm. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury, take immediate action and discover what type of injury it is, and what legal action you can take to protect your rights and seek compensation.
There are many different ways a person may suffer a brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone suffers a traumatic brain injury in the U.S. every 15 seconds. That means about 2 million Americans suffer some type of traumatic brain injury each year. Unfortunately, most traumatic brain injuries turn out to be fatal, and one third of all injury-related deaths are somehow linked to brain injury.
Brain injuries can be caused by the following:
- Falls: This can include falling from a ladder, slipping, and the like, and often result in a person hitting their head on the ground with great force.
- Vehicle Accidents: Any crash involving a car, motorcycle, or bicycle can cause severe brain injury, especially involving a pedestrian, as they are completely unprotected.
- Violence: A significant amount of brain injuries are caused by violence, such as assault with a gun, leading to a gunshot wound. These injuries may also involve domestic violence or child abuse, like Shaken Baby Syndrome.
- Birth Injuries: If a medical practitioner does not use proper care, especially when using birthing tools, they could severely injure the baby’s head with forceps, a vacuum, or other implements.
- Work-Related Accidents: Some jobs, like construction or factory work, involve the use of dangerous equipment and tools. Improper use, tool malfunction, and a host of other reasons can lead to serious injuries, like penetration of the skull, where an object enters the head. These could also include slip-and-fall injuries.
Brain injuries can also be caused by medical malpractice, if a poorly trained or negligent doctor does not use due care and injures a patient unnecessarily. Exposure to toxic chemicals, like at a job site or in a factory, could damage the brain’s neurons, and therefore lead to lasting brain damage.
Symptoms of brain injury can manifest in various ways, so if you or someone you know has sustained any injury to the head, see a doctor immediately. The most common signs to look for are convulsions, vomiting, slurred speech, and weakness or numbness in the limbs, as these may be signs of a serious head injury. Doctors will likely perform tests to check the skull and brain for any sustained damage and can prescribe the best course of action.
Brain injury victims often experience the following difficulties:
- Chronic headaches
- Decreased mental capacity
- Speech and hearing impairments
- Visual deficiencies
Traumatic brain injuries, whether medically treated or not, typically have serious, lasting side effects. If you were injured because of another’s lack of care, you have a right to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for damages, be they monetary or otherwise. Treating brain injuries, and providing lifelong care for a person who sustained an irreparable injury, is costly and can be both emotionally and physically difficult.
If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury because of another person or company’s negligence, we want to help. To discuss your situation, and begin filing a claim, contact Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A., today.