Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) send millions of people to the emergency room every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While a TBI can occur in nearly any accident situation, some causes of TBI are more common than others. Here, we discuss three of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries.
Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries among children from infancy to age 4 and in elderly adults, according to the CDC. A fall may occur while playing sports, running errands, or even in one’s own home. Using good fall prevention tools at home can help prevent falls there, and staying alert while in public can help you avoid slippery walkways, broken pavement, and other common causes of a fall.
Car accidents can easily cause traumatic brain injuries if the head strikes part of the vehicle or another object during a crash, or if flying debris strikes the head or face. Traumatic brain injuries like concussions produce many of the same symptoms as other car accident injuries, like whiplash, and both a TBI and neck injuries may occur at the same time. Seeking proper medical care after a crash is essential.
Increased media discussion of the risks of concussion during sports in recent years has helped players and coaches of all ages spot the symptoms and address risks, but concussions can still occur during sports and similar activities. Knowing the signs and symptoms of concussion and other TBIs can help you ensure that players receive appropriate care and that they do not put themselves at risk of re-injury until they are fully cleared to play by a qualified physician.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, don’t wait: contact an experienced California brain injury lawyer. Your attorney can help you determine exactly who was at fault for the injuries and pursue the compensation you need both for the costs you have already incurred and for your anticipated needs in the future.