Brain injuries can occur in an innumerable amount of ways and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 17 million individuals in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury with effects ranging from mild concussions to serious and permanent disabilities that affect their quality of life. Of course, some causes are much more common than others.
Here is a list of some of the most common causes of brain injuries in the country and symptoms that are commonly associated with such injuries:
- Falls: Not only is this the most common cause of brain injuries, but falls are also the most common accident in general, particularly among children and the elderly. In fact, among children up to the age of 14, falls cause 50% of their traumatic brain injuries and, among seniors over the age of 65, falls account for 62% of brain injuries.
- Traffic accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of brain injuries across all age groups. These types of injuries are also among the most fatal or severe, leading to permanent damage in some cases.
- Being struck by an object: This is the third leading cause of head injuries, particularly among children under the age of 14, for which it accounts for 25% of their brain injuries.
- Assault: Unfortunately, assault is another common cause of brain injuries. However, it is less common among young children, accounting for 2.9% of their brain injuries, and seniors, for which it accounts for only 1%.
There are also several other causes or unknown causes of brain injuries, especially because these incidents are not always reported when they happen and, oftentimes, many individuals do not seek medical treatment immediately. Common symptoms of brain injuries include:
- Difficulty with coordination or balance
- Blurred vision or mild vision issues
- Changes in sensory perception
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Trouble forming sentences or choosing vocabulary
- Difficulty communicating
- Issues with reason, focus, and logic
- Impaired memory
In many cases, these or other symptoms do not arise after sustaining a head injury. It is not uncommon for it take days or even months before a person experiences the symptoms of a brain injury, which is why it is critical to seek medical attention after an incident. Medical treatment can help prevent permanent damage and create a paper trail that details the accident, your injury, symptoms, and any necessary treatments or medications, creating a foundation for a catastrophic injury case that will help you obtain the compensation you will need for your recovery.
Atlanta Catastrophic Injury Attorney
If you sustained a brain injury that was caused by the negligence of another party, the catastrophic injury attorneys at Pratt Clay, LLC can guide you through the claims-filing process to ensure you do not feel overwhelmed. Regardless of the cause of your brain injury, you can count on us to handle all the details related to your case until justice is served. Our Atlanta team will work tirelessly to secure the maximum compensation you need to pay for medical care, lost wages, or physical therapy. If your case needs to go to trial, we are prepared to fight for you in court as well. Reach out to us for the help you deserve.
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