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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are significant injuries that can profoundly impact an individual’s physical, emotional, and cognitive health. Understanding the common causes of traumatic brain injuries can ensure you are aware of the risks and the need to seek medical attention in case of an accident. Here are the five most common causes of traumatic brain injuries.

1. Slips, Trips, and Falls

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for about 40% of all cases. They can happen to anyone at any age, but they are particularly prevalent among young children and older adults. Falls can result from slipping, tripping, or losing balance on uneven surfaces, wet floors, or dangerous stairs. Poor lighting also contributes to fall injuries.

2. Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidentstruck accidents, and motorcycle accidents are other major causes of traumatic brain injuries. High-impact collisions can cause the head to strike objects within the vehicle or be ejected from the vehicle. Additionally, sudden acceleration or deceleration forces can cause the brain to move within the skull, resulting in injury even without a direct head trauma.

3. Sports and Recreational Activities

Participation in sports and recreational activities can also lead to traumatic brain injuries, particularly in high-impact or contact sports like football, hockey, boxing, and soccer. This can be especially detrimental to younger children who have developing brains and nervous systems since they are more susceptible to injuries. Wearing appropriate protective gear, such as helmets and mouthguards, and following safety guidelines can significantly reduce the risk of sustaining a brain injury during athletic activities.

4. Violence

Acts of violence, including physical assault, domestic abuse, and gunshot wounds, can result in traumatic brain injuries. It is crucial to seek help and support if you or someone you know is experiencing violence, as early intervention can prevent severe injuries and save lives.

5. Blunt Force Trauma

Aside from falls and car accidents, any other object that strikes the head or a collision with an immovable object that results in a traumatic brain injury falls into the category of blunt force trauma. This can include workplace accidents with hazardous environments like construction, manufacturing, and transportation, or accidents in your residence or in the public.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

When a brain injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, whether it’s a motor vehicle accident or a premises liability, a person can seek compensation for their damages. The compassionate attorneys at Effres & Effres have helped many clients recover damages for their head injuries and know the importance of legal guidance on your side.

Contact us at (818) 222-9720 to learn about how we can help you achieve peace of mind.

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