A severe blow or trauma to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) breaks down the most common causes of TBIs into the following four categories:
- Falls. Falls cause over a third (35 percent) of all TBIs in America, and at least half of the TBIs in young children and older adults. Falling from ladders, slipping in the bathtub or falling out of bed can all cause TBIs.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents can all cause TBIs. Combined, motor vehicle accidents and traffic accidents make up 17 percent of TBIs in America. They are the leading cause of fatal TBIs, and nearly half of them involve alcohol.
- Struck by/against. The third leading cause of TBIs (16.5 percent) covers a wide range of incidents. If a person collides with another person or object (i.e. many sports injuries), or if a person becomes stuck between two objects, doctors would classify the injury under this category.
- Assaults. Assaults make up 10 percent of TBIs, including unarmed assault and assault with weapons.
If you know someone who sustained a TBI due to any of the above causes, such as a car accident or a slip and fall accident, contact The Metier Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation. Responsible parties should be held liable for their actions.
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