Few injuries can be more devastating than those involving the brain. Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI, have tragic and long-lasting consequences. There is even a growing body of evidence suggesting that victims of TBIs are more likely to become involved in violent crime and other forms of criminality. But what causes traumatic brain injuries? Today, we’ll take a look at the most common causes.
Slip and Fall Accidents
It may surprise you to learn that the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries is none other than slip and fall accidents. This is by a significant margin; they account for nearly half of TBIs recorded annually.
We should note, though, that while these accidents precipitate a majority of traumatic brain injuries every year, they are not the leading cause among all age groups. As you might have guessed, slip and fall accidents are especially serious among the elderly. They could happen anywhere—from the shower, to a flight of stairs, to the sidewalk.
While slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the elderly, car crashes account for most such injuries among young adults. Not all of these take the form of your typical, car-on-car collision. Other forms of vehicular accident can be even more devastating to the victims, including crashes involving motorcycles and pedestrians.
Young adults are more prone to devastating vehicular accidents than others. This is because of their well-documented tendency to engage in high-risk behaviors. Unfortunately, such behaviors can result in the permanent injury of themselves and others.
The two causes we’ve discussed already account for the overwhelming majority of TBIs. Beyond these, it becomes difficult to attribute them to a particular category. Instead, we’ll lay out a few other common causes of traumatic brain injuries significant enough to merit note:
- Sporting accidents
- Child abuse
- Gun violence
One thread you may have noticed connecting most of the causes of TBI we’ve discussed today is this: many of them aren’t the victim’s fault. When the negligence of one individual causes the traumatic brain injury of another, we believe that they should pay the price.
A lawsuit can help cover the costs of treatment and therapy that victims of traumatic brain injuries need. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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