Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain damage is a devastating diagnosis and more common than many people realize. The condition affects about 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone each year, and there are multiple causes of traumatic brain injury. Our San Diego, CA, law firm has provided valuable assistance to many victims of personal injury, helping to maximize compensation for negligent acts that lead to crippling injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may wonder if you are entitled to collect damages for your losses. Our attorneys can help you determine your legal status in a civil case. 

About Brain Injury and Causes

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be complex, causing a wide variety of effects and disabilities. This injury can have physical and cognitive effects and even change the personality of the victim. In many cases, the victim is not even aware he or she has suffered a brain injury. The impact on a victim's family can be staggering.

There are multiple causes of traumatic brain injury, affecting about 1.5 million people in the U.S. a year.

Even injuries classified as mild can result in significant cognitive impairment. Memory problems, focus and attention deficits, and mood swings can make school and employment difficult. Severe brain trauma can cause extended coma and disability. A serious case may make self-care impossible, leaving the victim in need of help for everyday tasks. 

TBI most often occurs because of an impact to the head from a motor vehicle accident, gunshot, or slip and fall accident. In a traffic collision, the victim may be ejected from the car or injured in a rollover accident. Motorcycle accidents commonly cause head injuries, and pedestrians and bicycle riders are also vulnerable. Any type of fall can result in serious head injury, with symptoms sometimes emerging over a period of days or weeks.

Other causes of TBI include:

  • Violent crime – Any  wound to the head can cause TBI. In addition to gunshots, a forceful blow with a fist or object can result in severe brain injury.
  • Sports – Trauma can be caused by accidents in football, wrestling, soccer, baseball, and basketball, among other sports.
  • Swimming accidents – Diving into shallow water can result in brain injury, as can lack of oxygen from a near drowning incident. 
  • Asphyxiation - Oxygen deprivation is a common cause of TBI. Asphyxiation can sometimes occur in the course of surgery or a traumatic birth, or result from complications from a dangerous drug or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Injured basketball player receiving medical attention on court

Determining Liability Based on Cause of the Accident

If an accident that caused TBI was the fault of another party, there may be liability for the victim’s damages, including loss of income, pain and suffering, and more. The responsible party may be a car or truck driver, the manufacturer of a vehicle, or the owner of a public or private property. Sometimes, the responsible party is the government or a large pharmaceutical company.

To determine and prove liability, it is important to secure the help of an experienced attorney. A law firm with extensive experience in this area can move quickly to preserve and substantiate evidence, which is important to your case. Our firm has a strong record of results for past clients, including multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

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