Causes of Brain Injuries

Experiencing a brain injury is often a catastrophic, life-altering experience that can lead to changes in the individual’s ability to perform even simple tasks such as dressing themselves or learning new things. There are many types of changes that can occur after a person has a brain injury.

The costs of your care can be overwhelming when you have a brain injury that was caused by negligence, recklessness, or intentional disregard by someone else. You need an experienced attorney on your side that fights to get the compensation that you deserve after a brain injury. We let you focus on healing, while our attorneys focus on listening to your story, and the path forward to get you the best possible legal outcome.

What the Data Says About Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are often caused as a result of some act or failure to act on the part of another individual or a company. Various agencies keep track of the specific types of injuries, including brain injuries, that can occur because of negligence or recklessness.

Researchers indicate that there are an estimated 2.8 million traumatic brain injuries each year. They indicated that an estimated 282,000 people were hospitalized and that an average of 50,000 deaths related to brain injuries occurred in 2007 and 2013.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on the other hand, indicates that there were almost 61,000 deaths from traumatic brain injuries in 2017. This was an increase in the more than 59,000 deaths from brain injuries in 2016. There were 227,000 hospitalizations for brain injuries in 2016.

Our attorneys understand that no two brain injuries are exactly alike and that there are many causes of brain injuries, such as crashes and medical malpractice.

Causes of Brain Injuries

There are several causes of brain injuries, with challenges and hurdles to get across during the recovery process. Some people may have a mild concussion, while another person may have catastrophic injuries, including an injury that may lead to complex changes in the brain or even death.

Some causes of brain injuries include:

  • Car crashes
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Bicycle crashes
  • Sports accidents
  • Slip-and-fall incidents

Car Crashes

Car crashes are a major cause of brain injuries. A primary cause of car crashes is speeding, which may result in a brain injury to a passenger in that vehicle. Speeding may also be a major factor that results in a brain injury to individuals in another vehicle involved in a crash.

The Insurance Information Institute shows the results of tests conducted by officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA used test crash dummies and determined that there is a high potential for brain injuries to occur in a crash at just 56 miles per hour.

Therefore, an individual does not have to be traveling at a very high rate of speed when a crash occurs to cause brain injuries to persons in their own vehicle, or individuals in another car.

They found that factors such as a head-on crash increased the risk of “severe brain and neck injury.” Alcohol also played a large factor in causing car crashes that could result in brain injury.

We understand that people speeding down a highway, or speeding to outrun traffic signals, or people that commit other acts can cause serious brain injuries to innocent people, including you or your loved one. Let us work to get you the compensation that you deserve from those responsible for your brain injury.

Motorcycle Crashes

Statistics indicate that, in 2017, wearing a motorcycle helmet likely saved the lives of nearly 2,000 people. What about people that have a brain injury even while wearing a helmet due to the negligence of another vehicle driver? The head is the first part of the body that likely hits the pavement in a motorcycle crash, which may increase the risk of brain injury.

Motorcyclists may also cause crashes, such as motorcyclists that speed along the road, or that are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Motorcycle operators are potentially just as liable for crashes that cause brain injuries as if they were driving a car.

There are other types of crashes that can result in a brain injury to an innocent person, including truck crashes, and crashes that involve pedestrians.

Bicycle Crashes

The CDC indicates that between 2009 and 2018, there were nearly 597,000 emergency department visits for bicycle crashes that resulted in traumatic brain injuries. Both children and adults are included in the data.

It is recognized that some people may have ongoing cognitive, behavioral, or learning difficulties after their brain injury. Let us fight for you or your child to get the best possible legal outcome for your case.

Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are responsible for many brain injuries every year. The specific cause may be related to recklessness, a lack of equipment or venue safety, negligence on the part of officials or other players, or other causes that may lead to a brain injury.

Some people die from a brain injury that occurs during a sports activity. We understand the trauma caused by sports-related brain injuries.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Retailers, restaurant owners, workplaces, or property owners are responsible for the safety of their premises. This includes the outside of the property. Thousands of people die from slip-and-fall brain injuries every year.

How Attorneys Can Help with Your Brain Injury Claim

Brain injuries have a tremendous effect on individuals and their loved ones. Our brain injury lawyers understand the impact that this injury has on your life now and in the future.

Brain injury claims often result in a higher compensation amount compared to other types of cases involving personal injuries. This is because of the lifelong impact of the injuries, which often affects the ability of an individual to care for themselves or to support themselves in the future. Parents of children may have to leave work and care for their child with a brain injury at home.

The current medical bills, future medical care expenses, lost wages, and compensation for emotional distress and pain and suffering are examples of some types of compensation that we can potentially help you recover.