Understanding the Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Understanding the Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Understanding the Causes of Traumatic Brain InjuryThe lasting effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can forever alter the life of a victim, as well as the victim’s family. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1.5 million Americans experience some level of TBI each year. Of that number, more than 50,000 of these incidents prove fatal.

Numerous events can result in various levels of traumatic brain injuries. Some of the most common include:

  • Car and truck accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Assaults
  • Sporting injuries
  • Medical malpractice
  • Birth injuries

When these events occur, their effect on the brain is what ultimately causes the TBI and determines the level of severity.

  • Open head injuries. These injuries occur when an object penetrates the skull and some area of the brain. Firearm wounds or severe car crashes can result in open head TBIs.
  • Closed head injuries. TBIs can also occur when there is no penetration of the skull. These circumstances result in jarring movement of the head, which can cause the brain to move around and bump against the skull. Slip and falls often produce these types of TBIs, along with auto accidents.
  • Toxic injuries. These injuries occur when ingested poisons or toxins damage brain function. This type of injury may result from exposure to harmful pesticides or lead poisoning.
  • Hypoxia occurs when the brain does not receive enough oxygen to function correctly. The prolonged absence of sufficient oxygen causes brain cells to die, leading to decreased functioning. Medical negligence during birthing procedures is a common cause of hypoxia.

Each incidence of TBI differs in severity and its effect on a victim’s life. It is vitally important to seek medical treatment, even if you only suspect the possibility of injury to the brain.

If you or a family member experienced a TBI due to someone’s negligent actions, call our Gladiators in Suits for top-notch legal representation. These experienced TBI lawyers earnestly pursue compensation for your injuries. The attorneys of Rocky McElhaney Law Firm represent traumatic brain injury victims in the courts of Nashville, Gallatin, and Knoxville, and throughout Tennessee. Call us today at (615) 246-5549 or complete this contact form to schedule a consultation.