Leading Causes of Brain Injury

Each year, about 52,000 deaths occur due to traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries disrupt normal functioning of the brain, and can be either traumatic or acquired. The severity of brain damage depends on the type of injury, and may not always be permanent. No matter the permanence, brain injuries can be both debilitating and life-changing.

Traumatic brain injury is caused by an external force such as:

  • Falls (35%)
  • Motor vehicle accidents (17%)
  • Physical violence
  • Sports injuries
  • Blows to the head

An acquired injury occurs at the cellular level when the brain is starved of oxygen. These causes may include:

  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Tumor or aneurysm
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Infection
  • Drug abuse
  • Strangulation or choking
  • Neurological diseases

Whether the injury is traumatic or acquired, it can have cognitive, perceptual, physical, or behavioral symptoms. On the less severe end, a brain injury can cause headaches, confusion, or nausea, and are only temporary. This is common with concussions that are caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Severe injuries can cause permanent brain damage, resulting in a coma or unresponsive state, loss of memory, or extreme mental disability. In the event of a brain injury, it is crucial to be examined by medical experts who can verify, document, and quantify the effects of brain trauma, especially if the injury was due to the negligence of a third party.

Since many traumatic brain injuries can occur due to the fault of someone else, such as car accidents, sports injuries, and physical violence, it may be wise to contact an attorney to discuss the details of your case. If you are injured due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® could help you through the long process of holding the person who injured you accountable for the injuries you’ve had to suffer through.

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