Common Causes of TBI

Posted By Shea & Shea || 31-Aug-2018

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often caused by a forceful impact to the head. The severity of the injury is based on various circumstances, such as the force of the blow and the degree of harm suffered by the individual.

The following are the common causes of TBI in the United States:

  • Falls – Considered the leading cause of TBI, falls are especially dangerous to minor children (between one and four years of age) and the elderly. Slip and fall accidents and falls from heights are the common situations.
  • Motor vehicle collisions – Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents—whether they involve other vehicles or pedestrians—are considered the most common cause of TBI for teenagers and young adults.
  • Struck by an object – The blunt force trauma caused by falling debris is another common cause. This often occurs in workplace accidents.
  • Assault – Whether it is caused by domestic abuse or gunfire, nearly a tenth of all TBIs are caused by acts of violence.

In all, these four circumstances result in over 80 percent of all known TBI cases in U.S. emergency rooms. Other common causes of TBI include sports injuries and explosive blasts from combat, specifically with military personnel on active duty.

If you or a loved one has received a blow to the head or body, causing physical or psychological effects, seek immediate medical treatment. Failure to seek emergency care right away can result in further complications and increased damage.

For more information about traumatic brain injury, contact Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation and request a free consultation with our San Jose personal injury lawyers today.

Categories: Brain injury
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