Although the hard skull protects the brain, an impact to its soft, sensitive tissue can cause mild or severe damage, known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). When TBIs occur, they can create wide-ranging effects, including confusion, mood swings, paralysis, and loss of life. Here are a few top events that cause TBIs, and what to do if someone’s negligence causes you or a loved one to suffer this personal injury.
Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls were the reason for 47% of all emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths related to TBIs in 2013. Children between birth and 14 years old and adults age 65 and older were affected most, at 54% and 79% respectively.
2. Being Struck by an Object
The second leading cause was striking against or being struck by an object. These incidents led to about 15% of TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths overall, with 22% among children younger than 15 years.
3. Suffering Auto Accident Injuries
At 14% among all age groups, auto accidents were the third leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. However, for individuals between 5 and 24 years old, car accidents were the primary cause of death connected to such brain injuries, and the leading cause of hospitalizing people between 15 and 44 years old.
When dealing with TBIs, it’s important to find dedicated, caring attorneys for representation. The lawyers should have a special sensitivity to the emotional, psychological, and physical effects the injured client suffers, and the knowledge and skill to pursue these complex cases. Other qualities include deep experience with and successful outcomes in trials and settlements.
With almost exclusive personal injury case experience since 1979, the skilled attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates in Roanoke, VA, offer vigorous and effective advocacy when representing individuals coping with TBIs. They provide sensitivity and personalized attention, combining passion and professionalism to attain the best possible outcome. Learn more about their work through their online testimonials, and call (540) 342-2000 to schedule a free consultation.