Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries affect millions of people each year. While traumatic brain injuries can range when it comes to severity, serious injuries often result in fatalities. However, the most common type of brain injury sustained are concussions and can be treated with proper medical attention. If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone’s negligence, contact Colombo Law today to determine your rights to relief. Our attorneys are available to meet with you to discuss the circumstances surrounding your claim and your rights to compensation.

A traumatic brain injury can occur when any kind of injury that disrupts the normal brain functions. These injuries can be the result of something minor like a bump on the head to something more dangerous like a forceful blow to the head. Many Americans know little about brain injuries. However, many individuals suffer injuries by engaging in the same activities or being involved in similar incidents. The leading causes for traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Slip and Falls: Falls are the number one reason for sustaining some form of traumatic brain injury. Research suggests that falls impact young children, between zero and 14, and those over the age of 65 the most. Despite the common belief that traumatic brain injuries result from falls which occur at significant heights, slip and falls from wet or slippery surfaces while standing can cause brain injuries.
  • Blunt force: Blunt force trauma to the head are another leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Blunt force injuries usually occur in instances in which one’s head is struck forcefully against something or by an object. Examples of blunt force injuries may include televisions falling on a child’s head or firearms accidents.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of deaths that occur as a result of traumatic brain injuries. When traveling at moderate to high speeds sudden stops or impacts can cause one’s body to propel forward, allowing a person’s head to hit the steering wheel, airbag after deployment, and other nearby objects. These and other factors, such as not wearing a seat belt, may contribute to the causes of traumatic brain injuries.
  • Assaults: Many assaults occur each day of the year due to a variety of reasons including thefts and robberies, bar fights, stranger altercations and or domestic violence cases. In many cases, individuals sustain direct hits to the head with fists or objects. Any direct hit to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury.

Contact Colombo Law

It is important to exercise great care in protecting one from sustaining a traumatic brain injury. There are often long-term consequences associated with traumatic brain injuries. If you have suffered a brain injury, you need proper medical attention to determine the extent of any brain damage.

Colombo Law is a personal injury law firm located in Morgantown, West Virginia. We assist clients in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.


by Colombo Law
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