Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain injury can be complex and overwhelming. Our KY TBI lawyer is here to help victims in a wide range of TBI cases, such as those whose injuries arise from:

  • Car wrecks
  • Motorcycle wrecks
  • Truck wrecks
  • Defective products
  • Gas explosions
  • Slips and falls
  • Workplace accidents

We know that many victims suffer their TBI injury in a vehicle accident (car, truck, motorcycle, ATV) or at work, though a significant number of victims were injured by a slip-and-fall injury in a public place, or from a sports injury.

  • Vehicle Accidents – Among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths (14 percent). When looking at just TBI-related deaths, vehicle crashes were the third leading cause (19 percent) in 2013, according to the CDC.

A common explanation is that when a moving head comes to a quick stop, the brain still continues its movement, smashing against the skull’s interior. This can cause bruising of the brain (a contusion) and/or bleeding (hemorrhage), neither of which may be detectable immediately after the accident. Sometimes it can take a week or two for this kind of TBI to become apparent.

Blunt force trauma is a more serious type of vehicle accident-related TBI. A moving head strikes a stationary object like the windshield, dashboard or flying foreign object. Usually an open head wound accompanies such violent contact. Blunt force trauma can also happen when the victim is ejected from the vehicle. TBIs are common occurrences in bicycle, motorcycle, or ATV mishaps when riders don’t wear a protective helmet.

  • Workplace TBI – According to a 2016 report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the 7,300 work-related fatalities it studied that year, 29 percent were due to head injuries associated with falls or being struck in the head by an object.

Certain industries pose a higher risk of TBI-related accidents, including construction, transportation, agriculture, forestry, fishing and emergency medical services. Construction workers are by far most likely to suffer a TBI on the job; 1,828 died from a workplace TBI in 2016, according to the NIH study.

Common reasons for workplace TBIs include failure to wear a hard hat or wearing a damaged or inferior quality hard hat, and suffering either a slip and fall or being hit by a falling object. Other workplace mishaps that can cause TBIs are machinery accidents and toxic chemical exposure.

Regardless of the cause of your injury, if you believe it was caused by negligent actions of others, talk to our KY TBI lawyer to find out if you have a case. Billy Johnson is a KY SuperLawyer and a Million Dollar Advocate so you’ll have an attorney with strong experience and a winning record on your side. Call us at 606-433-0682 for help today.

Delayed Symptoms of TBIs

If you have been injured in an accident involving a blow to your head, it is important to understand the delayed path that brain injuries may take. Unlike cuts or broken bones, TBI symptoms may be delayed. Additionally, symptoms may be mild at first and worsen over time. You should seek medical attention if you experience:

  • Balance problems
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive drowsiness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory problems
  • Nausea
  • Numbness
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Severe headache
  • Slurred speech
  • Vision loss
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness in extremities.

What You Should Do after Suffering a Brain Injury

See a doctor immediately and tell someone in authority about the accident that led to the brain injury. In the case of a car accident, this means alerting the police about the crash. If you suffer a head injury on the job, alert your supervisor as soon as possible, preferably in writing once you are able to do so.

In the days, weeks and months that follow, keep copies of all documents related to your brain injury. This can later be used to determine how much you should seek in a claim. If you suspect that your injury is serious, and you are considering taking legal action, contact a brain injury attorney as soon as possible.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability across the globe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year TBIs account for approximately 2.2 million emergency room visits, 280,000 hospitalizations and 50,000 deaths.

Kentucky brain injury lawyerMore specific than the term “brain injury” (which may refer to any damage, slight or catastrophic) a TBI occurs when sudden trauma to the head disrupts the brain’s function. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” to “severe” — from a brief change in mental status found after a mild concussion without loss of consciousness to an extended period of unconsciousness, coma, or amnesia.

A landmark 2006-2010 study by the CDC discovered that among all age groups, the most common reasons for TBI were:

  • Falls (40.5 percent)
  • Unintentional blunt force trauma (15.5 percent)
  • Vehicle accidents (14.3 percent)
  • Assaults (10.7 percent)
  • Other (unknown) causes (19 percent).

When considering number of deaths from TBI, motor vehicle crashes were the second leading cause – 26 percent – behind accidental slips and falls.

TBI can produce a number of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects. Many victims experience significant changes to otherwise normal lives. It is estimated that brain injuries have caused around five million Americans to need lifetime help in order to manage daily activities.

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Don’t Put off Seeking Medical Attention after a Traumatic Brain Injury

If you’ve been injured in any type of accident, see a doctor immediately. Seeking immediate medical attention can mitigate the damage your injuries cause. Even if you aren’t sure how severely you’ve been hurt, you’ll want to seek attention promptly to make sure injuries aren’t worse than they appear.

Traumatic brain injuries are unique because they often aren’t visible or easily identifiable. This makes the process of see a doctor even more important for a TBI victim.

If you need to file a personal injury claim, your doctor visits can also serve as documentation of the injuries you’ve suffered. For this reason, do your best to keep track of any medical bills or other medical expenses you face following your injury.

A TBI is devastating and life-altering for the victim, as well as for family members. Compensation can often be significant due to potential life-time medical care needs. If you suffer that burden because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve the chance to hold that party responsible.

Brain injury attorney in KentuckyAs an injury law firm, the Johnson Law Firm in Pikeville, Kentucky, has helped many clients suffering from brain injuries to obtain financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you have been injured due of someone else’s carelessness, we can help.

If you or someone you love suffered a head injury and need to speak with our Kentucky brain injury lawyer about your rights and options, we are pleased to offer a free consultation. Get in touch with us anytime through this website’s contact form or call. If necessary, we’ll come to you. If we take your case and you don’t collect damages, you owe us nothing.