Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Nashville Brain Injury Lawyer Fights for Victims’ Right to TBI Recovery
Brain injuries can result from virtually any kind of accident or negligence, including motor vehicle accidents, falls and medical malpractice. Contact sports and/or multiple concussions may cause lasting damage to the brain. The result of any trauma or harm to the brain can be potentially permanent physical and mental impairments, though the extent and severity of symptoms may be different for every victim. While it is not always possible to prevent accidents that may cause traumatic brain injury (TBI), understanding the most common causes of these types of injuries can help you minimize your risk. Still, if you sustain a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills and other expenses through a personal injury claim.
Nashville brain injury lawyer Stanley A. Davis understands that it can be difficult for TBI victims and their families to hold much hope for the future. He works to help Tennessee residents reclaim that hope by offering legal advice and representation to assist victims in obtaining the compensation they need for their medical bills and other expenses. A lifelong resident of Tennessee himself, Stanley Davis treats every family that visits his office with integrity, respect and compassion. Over the past 20 years, he has obtained many significant verdicts and settlements for injury victims. In one such case, he represented a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. This claim was settled for $1 million as compensation for both past and future care.
What are the Most Common Causes of TBI?
By definition, a traumatic brain injury results from an impact or blow to the head and brain, which can occur in nearly any type of accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top four most common causes of TBI are:
- Slip and fall accidents. Nearly half of all traumatic brain injuries result from a fall. This is often a particular danger for the elderly, who are more prone to falls.
- Blunt force trauma. Being struck by an object or striking an object are also common causes of TBI. This may include impact by falling debris, possibly as part of a workplace accident.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Vehicle crashes, which include motorcycle, car and truck accidents, are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among children and young adults. They also cause a disproportionate number of fatal brain injuries.
- Assault. Per the CDC, about a tenth of all traumatic brain injuries are the result of violence.
Additionally, minor trauma to the head can cause a concussion, which is a form of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are a common result of car and truck accidents as well as contact sports. However, if you sustain multiple concussions, especially within a short time, the cumulative effect can be similar to a more serious traumatic brain injury.
Besides Trauma, What Else Causes Brain Injuries?
Not all brain injuries are the result of trauma. Lack of oxygen as well as some infections and even electricity can all cause damage to the brain. These additional causes of brain injury include:
- Medical malpractice. If a doctor or nurse is negligent, especially during surgery or other complex procedures, then the result may be a brain injury through oxygen deprivation and other serious complications.
- Birth injuries. Lack of oxygen during birth can cause serious brain injuries to an infant. This can result from an obstetrician’s negligence before or during delivery.
- Blood clots and/or stroke. If a blood clot, stroke or other event cuts off blood flow to the brain, then irreparable damage may result.
- Heart attack or heart failure. When the heart stops beating, blood flow ceases. Although doctors can often revive patients from heart failure, brain injury may still result if this is not done quickly.
- Choking or airway obstruction. If a person stops breathing for any reason, the brain may be deprived of oxygen and suffer permanent harm.
- Inflammation, often from an infection. When the brain swells as a result of inflammation, the tissue presses against the inside of the skull. If the pressure is great enough, this can actually cause bruising and more permanent damage to the brain. Inflammation may result from an infection or disease and is also a side effect of trauma.
Learn More in a Free Consultation with Our Nashville Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury, whether in an accident or as the result of some other negligence, Nashville attorney Stanley Davis can help. He can start investigating the cause of your injury while you are still recovering. Then, he can explain your options for pursuing compensation from the liable parties to help with your brain injury recovery.
Stanley Davis has been representing victims in Middle Tennessee, and throughout the state, for 20 years. He offers free initial consultations and contingency fee arrangements so that you can get the compensation you deserve no matter your financial circumstances. Call (615) 845-6141 or contact our personal injury law firm online to schedule your complimentary case review.