Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries Causes traumatic brain injuries causes 

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can range from mild to severe, and all are serious. How and where the brain is affected will impact a person’s response to the TBI, and each brain injury will present with its own unique set of symptoms. The cause of the injury significant impacts the severity of the brain injury and the ultimate diagnosis.

Common Traumatic Brain Injuries 

A blow to the head or body can cause a TBI, and the nature of a brain injury and the force of the impact determine the degree of damage. Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents. A collision on the road can lead to a concussion or other TBI. Motor vehicle accidents harm drivers, passengers, bikers, cyclists, and pedestrians. The jolt from being hit, flying objects in the car, a deployed airbag, hitting your head on the dashboard, or any number of car accident side effects can cause a TBI.
  • Falls. Falls are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury, especially for young children and older adults. Falling in the bath, on stairs, on the sidewalk, off furniture, off a ladder, or any other fall can lead to a TBI. You don’t even have to hit your head to suffer a brain injury. The impact on the body alone can be enough to jostle your brain inside your skull.
  • Sports injuries. There is plenty of talk about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease found in the brains of deceased athletes, most notably football players. These individuals all received multiple blows to the head over the course of their time playing a sport, suffering concussion after concussion, and continuing to play the game, perhaps playing when they were not even aware they had a head injury. Any athletes – children in particular – are susceptible to head injuries, even if you’re not playing a contact or extreme sport.
  • Gunshot wounds. Penetrating head injuries are often caused by gunshot wounds, which can go through the skull and into the brain, damaging tissue along the way and lodging in the brain. Bullets that penetrate both the skull and brain and come through again on the other side can cause irreparable damage if they are not fatal.
  • Physical violence. Domestic violence, child abuse, shaken baby syndrome, and other types of assault all fall under the category of physical violence and can lead to a traumatic brain injury. When the head takes any impact, whether inflicted by hand or by object or by severe movement, the results can be devastating.

Causes of an Acquired TBI

It is often assumed that the only type of traumatic brain injury is one that comes from bodily harm or direct contact with an object. Some brain injuries are not caused by an external force but by an internal problem that is not inherited. These problems are referred to as acquired brain injuries (ABI) and develop any time after birth. Sometimes, mismanaged pregnancy infections can lead to birth injuries like encephalitis, or medical malpractice during delivery can lead to lack of oxygen which can cause a birth injury like cerebral palsy.

Prevention of Traumatic Brain Injury

It is difficult to prevent a TBI from occurring, though precautions can be taken to minimize potential injury:

  • When operating a motor vehicle, always wear a seatbelt and do not drive while distracted or intoxicated.
  • When playing sports or riding a bike, always wear a helmet and cease activity after a hit or fall.
  • For seniors, install handrails in their home, remove area rugs, improve lighting, have regular vision checks.
  • For children, use safety gates on stairs, install window guards, use nonslip mats in the bathroom.

Do You Need a Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney?

When the brain is prohibited from performing the correct functions because it has been pushed against the skull with force, swelling, bleeding, or bruising can result. Some TBIs are hard to recognize until symptoms show themselves days or weeks after the injury. Nevertheless, if you or a loved one has suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, or your brain injury was misdiagnosed or overlooked, contact an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney at Thurswell Law for a free consultation. There are no fees unless you collect. Contact us at (248) 354-2222.

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