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Common causes and risks of TBIs

Even a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by a seemingly minor accident. Since falls are actually the leading cause of TBIs, people that are 75 or older are the leading at-risk group for TBIs that result in hospitalization and death because of a fall. However, anyone or any age can suffer a TBI after a fall.

There are three classifications of brain injuries: mild, moderate and severe. The classification usually depends on if the victim lost consciousness, how long the person was unconscious and the severity of any other symptoms. While a severe injury can be life-threatening, even a mild one can have very serious consequences. Read further to find out some common causes and risks of TBIs.

Falls

As mentioned above, falls are the leading cause of brain injuries. If a person falls and hits one's head while walking down a sidewalk in New York, it can easily result in a traumatic brain injury. For an elderly individual, this could have long-term effects. For example, you may see a reduction in his or her ability to function, even within one's normal daily routine. Furthermore, the injury could cause alterations in emotional health and other cognitive changes.

Car accidents

Car accidents are also on the list of common causes of TBIs. While there are things you can do to reduce your risk of a brain injury due to a car accident, such as following traffic laws and wearing your seatbelt, this may not be enough to completely avoid a TBI. It does not take a very strong force to cause a brain injury, so the movement of the vehicle as a result of the collision could be enough for a victim to suffer a TBI.

Sports

You have seen plenty of news report about football players suffering from the effects of TBIs, but this is not the only sport where participants are at risk. Most sports that have a risk of impact include helmets as part of the standard gear required. Whether you are riding a bike or playing some kind of contact sport, a helmet can make a major difference if there is an accident.

Other causes

Indirect forces can also cause a brain injury. For example, the shock waves from an explosion can be enough to induce a TBI. Also, anything that penetrates the skull can cause a very serious brain injury.

If you or loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else's negligence, such as a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation for the damages. Your attorney will be able to help you file a claim for your injuries.

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