Common Causes of Brain Injury and Head Trauma

February 12, 2016 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
Tags: Brain Injury Head Injury

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Legal representation is crucial in serious injury cases, particularly if an injury results in serious trauma or damage to a person's brain. The effects on cognition and motor skills can last a lifetime, which is why have strong advocates on your side is imperative. Below are some common causes of serious brain injuries, as well as information on how an injury attorney can help you and the people you care about.

Auto Accidents and Motor Vehicle Collisions

Head trauma sustained during an auto accident is a common cause of brain injuries. The severity of the brain injury depends on the nature of the collision. Motorists can prevent certain brain injuries from occurring during a collision by wearing safety restraints and, when applicable, wearing helmets.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

Just as auto accidents can result in brain injuries, the same applies to accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. In many cases, these injuries are far more severe given how vulnerable a pedestrian and bicyclist are to serious harm.

Contact and Combat Sports Injuries

Contact sports (e.g., football, hockey) and combat sports (e.g., boxing, MMA) carry unique risks given the impacts involved and the injuries that may be sustained as a result. As we've seen in the news over the years regarding the NFL and concussions, even wearing a helmet may not be enough to combat brain damage given the repeated trauma that an athlete has to sustain.

Physical Altercations and Assaults

If you're involved in an assault or an altercation in which you sustain blows to the face and head, there is a chance that you may experience a brain injury as well. The nature of the brain injury will depend on the severity of the incident.

Major Slips and Falls

If a person slips down stairs or suffer a major fall from a considerable height, he or she could suffer a brain injury, particularly if the incident results in the accident victim landing face first or head first.

Falling Objects

Construction sites, industrial workplaces, and other high-risk zones often have signs warning of falling objects, such as bricks, debris, and tools. This is why wearing head, face, or eye protection is crucial at all times in any construction or industrial environment.

Combat and Military Injuries

A number of our combat veterans return home suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) sustained as a result of their service. Injuries that are the result of explosions or the simply the nature of war can have tragic effects.

Brain Injuries Sustained from Birth

It's possible for a baby to sustain a serious brain injury during pregnancy and childbirth, one that can have a negative lifelong impact on learning and development. Examples of these kinds of brain injuries include cerebral palsy, physical trauma to the baby's brain during delivery, and infections that affect a baby while in the womb.

How an Attorney Can Help You

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury that is the result of negligence, having an attorney on your side is crucial. A lawyer will help you receive damages and just compensation for the injuries that you have sustained while also navigating the many complexities of the legal system. Your attorney will fight for you, allowing you and your loved ones to focus on wellness and recovery.

Contact Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

To learn more about your legal options following a serious brain injury, be sure to contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The legal team at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton will help you fight diligently for you entitlements.