Head trauma can happen in a number of ways. No matter how a person hits their head, however, there is always the risk of damage to the brain that results in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The following are the most common causes of head trauma and TBI in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1
Falls – The CDC reports that 40.5 percent of brain injuries are caused by falls. People can fall in many situations and the resulting injuries – including TBI – can be more serious than you would think. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that almost 32,000 people died from fall injuries in 2014 alone.2 Falls commonly result in a victim hitting their head on the ground or on an object. The most common locations for falls include stairs, cluttered walkways, slick or wet surfaces, uneven floors, ramps, doorways, ladders, unstable work areas, and unguarded heights.
Being struck by an object – The second-most common cause of TBI in the U.S. is being struck by or against some type of object, which results in 15.5 percent of head injuries. This can occur when an object falls from above and hits your head or when your head is knocked into a wall, dashboard or a car, or another stationary object.
Motor vehicle and traffic accidents – At 14.3 percent, traffic-related accidents account for a significant portion of head and brain injuries. These accidents can involve passenger vehicles, large trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, or pedestrians.
Assaults – Violent assaults result in 10.7 percent of brain injuries every year. Assaults such as blows to the head or hitting someone with a blunt object can result in closed head injuries, while assaults involving stabbings or shootings can result in penetration of the skull and brain and open head injury.
Other – The causes of the remaining head injuries are either unknown or from miscellaneous accidents. No matter how your head and/or brain injury occurred, you may have the right to recover financially if another person caused your injury.
Call for Help from an Indianapolis Head Injury Attorney
At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many head injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced brain injury attorney handling your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.