Common Causes of Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious harms that can happen to a victim in an accident. A TBI can cause temporary or permanent disability with the cognitive, behavioral, physical, and emotional capabilities of an accident victim. A traumatic brain injury can occur in almost any type of accident, but some causes of TBI are more common than others. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Call Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys now.
Falls cause more traumatic brain injuries than any other type of accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls accounted for 48 percent of all TBI emergency room visits in 2014. Traumatic brain injuries caused by falls disproportionately affect the young and the old. Over eighty percent of all emergency room visits for adults ages 65 years and older where TBI is discovered occurred because they suffered from a fall.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents also cause a significant amount of traumatic brain injuries in Tennessee and nationwide. This includes accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and motorized scooters that have become popular in major metropolitan areas like Nashville. Traffic accidents can cause TBI in a number of different ways. The impact of another vehicle can cause a person’s head to strike against the interior of a vehicle or strike the ground if a person is thrown from the vehicle in the crash.
Intentional acts and violence can also lead to TBI in victims. Striking a blow to the head of a victim, shoving the victim and causing their head to strike the ground, and gunshot wounds all lead to traumatic brain injuries. A person responsible for intentional harm may be held liable in criminal and civil court for their actions, but even if criminal charges are not filed the victim can still seek compensation under personal injury law.
Struck By/Against Object
Finally, accidents that involve being struck by or against an object is also a common cause of TBI. Premises liability accidents like slip and falls or trip and falls as well as construction site accidents frequently involve traumatic brain injuries where a victim is struck by or against an object. A total of fifteen percent of all TBI accidents involved being struck by or against an object in 2013, and 28 percent of all traumatic brain injuries of children under the age of seventeen years old are caused in this manner.
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Do you know someone that has been in an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury? If so, compensation may be available through a personal injury claim. Call the office or contact us today at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free consultation with a Nashville personal injury lawyer.