Even though it’s protected by your skull, your brain is exceedingly vulnerable to trauma. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are caused by blows or strikes to the head (or by the head’s own whipping motion), and since the brain is the body’s control center, such injuries can lead to irreparable physical, emotional, and mental damage. In fact, a TBI can change your life in the blink of an eye.
Traumatic Brain Injuries: The Causes
The Mayo Clinic cites several types of incidents as the most common causes of TBIs:
- Falls: Falling is the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, and they can lead to bleeding in or around the brain, which can result in clotting and other brain cell damage.
- Car Accidents: Car accidents—along with bike and motorcycle accidents—are another common cause of TBIs. In fact, the involved vehicles don’t even have to be moving at great speed to result in traumatic brain injury. When the victim’s head hits the vehicle’s interior, the blow can smash brain and skull together and cause a serious injury.
- Sports Injuries: Specific high-impact sports like football, boxing, and hockey can also lead to traumatic brain injuries, and young athletes are at the greatest risk. Intense, high-impact sports are rife with opportunities to be on the receiving end of head blows.
- Violence: Physical violence can easily lead to TBIs. Gun violence is especially devastating, as any object that enters the skull can cause serious, irreparable brain cell and tissue damage. Shaking a baby or small child can also directly cause traumatic brain injury.
- Military Combat: Soldiers who see active duty can experience violent collisions and explosions that result in deeply penetrating shrapnel, which can cause TBIs. Additionally, the Mayo Clinic identifies the pressure waves from strong blasts as negatively affecting brain function.
Your Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries can vary in severity, scope, and symptomatology. As such, these injuries aren’t always correctly identified in a timely manner. If you’ve received a blow to the head, be proactive and consult with a medical professional immediately. If you’ve incurred a traumatic brain injury that you believe was caused by someone else’s negligence, first seek immediate medical attention and then consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or someone you care about has suffered a TBI caused by someone else’s negligence, the results can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. After seeking immediate medical attention, consult with an experienced Richmond personal injury lawyer. The legal team at Emroch & Kilduff has the experience, skill, dedication, and compassion to help you through this especially difficult time and to fight for the compensation you need and deserve. We will analyze your case, explain your legal rights and options, and guide you through the legal process toward your claim’s best possible outcome. We’re here to help, so contact or call us at 804-358-1568 for an initial consultation today.