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Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury may be caused by a severe blow to the head or any other type of traumatic injury to the head or body. The damage sustained by a brain injury varies, but several factors can decide how serious the injury is to a person's health:
  • The damage may be limited to a small area around the impact point if a few brain cells are damaged.
  • Severe rotational jolt can cause the cellular structure of the brain to tear.
  • A severe blow can cause multiple points of damage because the brain can move around in the skull due to the force
  • A blast from an explosive device can often cause damage around the whole brain and damage wide areas of it.
  • If an object penetrates the skull it is often fatal. The effects are irreplaceable damage to the brain cells and protective tissues that surround the brain.
  • Bleeding in the brain can disrupt the oxygen supply to the brain and cause wider damage.

What Causes Brain Injury?

There are several common accidents that can lead to traumatic brain injury. A slip-and-fall accident in which the victim lands on his or her head is one of the most common causes of brain injury. Vehicle collisions also cause a high number of brain injuries, as the severe force of a car or bike crash can violently jolt the brain around the skull. Contact sports such as football have a high impact rate and leave many players with traumatic brain injuries later in life. Finally, another common cause is combat injuries. Soldiers often have to deal with explosive blasts and constant loud gunfire, and these concussive injuries are being seen more often than ever in soldiers returning from war. Although not much is known about the mechanisms of the damage, some researchers believe that the pressure of the shockwave disrupts the brain functions.

Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, more than 50,000 people are killed every year across the country because of traumatic brain injuries. In addition, nearly 500,000 others are injured badly enough that they face long-term disabilities. These numbers have almost doubled in the past 10 years, and while this is certainly an alarming trend, it could also indicate that more people are becoming aware of these injuries and attempting to treat them. Additional facts regarding traumatic brain injuries in the United States are just as troubling. In no particular order, the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries are falls, assaults and blunt trauma and car accidents. These three causes have far outranked any others for many years, and they remain consistent causes of sometimes irreparable harm.

Physical & Financial Costs of Traumatic Brain Injury

When someone survives a traumatic brain injury, he or she faces an extremely uncertain future. That's because the symptoms of the injury can change over time, and these changes can be extremely unpredictable and difficult to deal with. People in this position will also face the very real possibility that their ability to generate income will be seriously harmed if not removed as a possibility altogether. It is extremely important for brain injury victims to seek compensation for these losses with the help of an experienced injury lawyer.

Contact Bernstein & Poisson

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident, the attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson are ready to help. Contact us today for more information on standing up for your rights as the victim of a brain injury.