Top Causes of Brain Injuries
March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, and our team at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC would like to do our part in helping local residents better understand traumatic brain injuries and the serious and often unpredictable consequences they can have on the lives of victims and their loved ones, as well as their legal rights following a preventable accident.
As a Tulsa personal injury law firm committed to fighting on behalf of victims injured in preventable accidents, our firm has worked with many victims who suffered traumatic brain injuries, or TBI. In many cases, these injuries greatly impacted the lives of our clients and their ability to meet the demands of daily life. In the most serious cases, they resulted in life-altering consequences and long-term challenges.
Traumatic brain injuries can result from a sudden impact to the head, or as a result of sudden acceleration or deceleration of the brain. TBI can range from concussions and mild or moderate injuries with little to no loss of consciousness to severe brain injuries that result in a longer loss of consciousness and severe, sometimes debilitating outcomes. While the nature and impact of brain injuries may range from case to case and from victim to victim, they often occur as the result of several common forms of accidents, including:
- Car Accidents – Car accidents are among the leading causes of brain injuries, as collisions can cause drivers and passengers to hit their heads on various parts of the vehicle. Additionally, car accidents can also result in brain injuries even if victims do not hit their heads. The sudden force of a collision, such as a rear-end accident, can cause a vehicle occupant’s head to rapidly accelerate forward and backward, causing it to move within the skull. This force can result in brain injuries, including concussions. All types of auto accidents, including truck accidents and motorcycle accidents, have the potential to cause brain injuries.
- Falls – Falls are another common cause of traumatic brain injuries, and they can have devastating outcomes. While slip and fall accidents on relatively even surfaces may cause someone to hit their head, falls from heights are more likely to result in brain injuries. This is especially true of construction accidents, where employees may be performing work from heights and later fall. Falls are one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the construction industry.
- Sports Injuries – Brain injuries have gained notoriety for their impact on athletes, especially those that participate in contact sports. If you follow the news, you have likely heard about the recent NFL concussion settlement, in which league officials recognized that concussions and repetitive trauma to the head can lead to debilitating degenerative neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Brain injuries are also common in hockey, soccer, basketball, and many other sports.
Regardless of how a brain injury occurs, it is vital for victims to seek timely medical evaluations during which physicians can perform various tests and discuss symptoms in order to rule out more serious trauma. While some victims may see mild or moderate brain injury symptoms dissipate over time, others can struggle with these effects for months, or in some cases for the rest of their lives.
Whether you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident or as the result of some other incident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any future medical needs. In order to have a valid claim for compensation, victims must be able to establish fault and liability, and ultimately prove that their accident was preventable if not for the negligence of another. This is something our team at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC can help victims pursue.
Because brain injury victims can suffer devastating setbacks and damages, and because families are often forced to bear the load of caring for and supplanting the support of victims, recovering full and fair compensation becomes critical to helping victims and families not only recover their expenses and losses, but to also have the means to support themselves as they rebuild their lives. This is precisely why our legal team fights for the maximum compensation possible and why we leverage decades of combined experience to clearly show that you rightfully deserve a recovery of your damages.
To discuss a potential brain injury case with a Tulsa personal injury attorney from our firm, contact us today for a FREE consultation. There are no up-front costs to working with our firm, and no fees unless we win your case.