The Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can have devastating consequences. Soldiers return from war with TBIs (traumatic brain injuries). A study found that 40% of former professional football players suffer from brain injuries. However, most TBIs are not caused by bombs, bullets or years of being tackled on the football field.

Two Types of TBIs

  • Concussion occurs when the brain is shaken. Multiple concussions can result in dementia, difficulty walking and speaking and other injuries.
  • Contusions are direct injuries to the brain and are life-altering or deadly.

The Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBIs are most often the result of an accident. Too often, the victim takes years to recover from their brain injury. Some people never recover.

Falls

Falls are the leading cause of TBIs, responsible for over 40% of all TBIs. The young and the old are disproportionately affected. Some falls are purely accidents, the kind where someone might say they tripped over their own feet. Others are the result of another’s negligence, such as slipping on a wet or too-slippery floor in a store.

  • 55% of TBIs in children 14 and younger are caused by falls
  • 81% of TBIs in those over 65 are caused by falls

Being Hit by an Object

Unintentional blunt trauma is responsible for about 15% of all TBIs in the U.S. Blows to the head are responsible for almost one-fourth of all TBIs in children. Some of these TBIs are preventable. Wearing hard hats on construction sites and helmets during sporting activities can prevent or reduce the impacts of many impacts to the brain.

Auto Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents cause about 14% of TBIs. While car crashes are the third leading cause of TBIs, they are the second leading cause of deaths as a result of brain injuries. This is truly significant since many accidents are caused by the other driver. He or she may have been talking on the phone, driving carelessly or recklessly or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The severity of brain injuries suffered during a car crash can be catastrophic. Many of these devastating injuries were completely preventable.

At Law Office of Julie Johnson, you will find a legal team with experience with TBIs. If you or your loved one has suffered an injury because of another’s negligence or recklessness, you deserve compensation. Contact the office for a free consultation to review your options.