Brain Injuries: 6 Common Causes

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be life-altering. These can quickly leave you incapacitated and unable to take care of yourself, your home, or others. In an instant, you can go from being fully independent to suddenly relying on others to help complete daily tasks. You may need to alter your home, change your job, or even move.

Brain injuries can happen under many different circumstances. Take a look at some of the most common below.

  1. Auto Accident

In a car accident, your vehicle can be struck so hard that it can force your head into the steering wheel, windshield, or another surface. This impact can cause your brain to come into contact with your skull, resulting in an injury. While these injuries might not show on the exterior, they can cause a concussion that will eventually heal or a more permanent loss of brain function. If you hit your head in a car accident, you should always seek medical care to ensure you did not suffer an injury.

  1. Slip and Fall Injuries

Falling down the stairs, slipping on wet flooring, or tripping on a sidewalk can all lead to serious accidents that can cause brain injuries. Banging your head on concrete, asphalt, or tiled flooring can lead to a skull fracture, bleeding, or a traumatic brain injury. This is why it is so crucial to use care when walking up and down the stairs, and for buildings to clearly mark wet flooring and other hazards that could cause a person to fall.

  1. Medical Negligence

It can be scary to think about, but you can suffer a brain injury at the hands of a medical professional. While we go to hospitals and health experts for help and we place our lives in their hands, they are human and they can make mistakes. Errors when giving anesthesia can lead to a lack of oxygen to the brain. Providing the wrong medication – or the wrong dosage – and other mistakes can also cause brain damage.

  1. Violent Attacks

Brain injuries can occur as a result of an assault. If you are beaten, struck in the head, or even shot, it can lead to a traumatic brain injury. These violent attacks can also lead to other, more external, wounds to the face or skull.

  1. Sports Injuries

Contact sports can lead to concussions that can have lasting effects. Football and hockey get a lot of attention for the amount of head contact that leads to concussions and other head injuries, but other sports can also result in injuries – even non-contact sports like gymnastics. Any time you are at risk of falling or coming into contact with another person or piece of equipment, the threat of head injuries exists.

  1. Household Chores

It’s important to use care when performing tasks around your home – especially those with risks like climbing a ladder, working around a wet surface, going on the roof, going up and down the stairs, carrying heavy objects, and other chores. One misstep can lead to a serious brain injury. It’s important to have someone spot you when performing risky tasks.

We Can Help When You Suffer Brain Injuries

If you suffer a brain injury, you need help from top-rated, hard-working representation. At Shapiro|Delgado, our attorneys put their injury law experience to work for you. And we handle cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.

We represent clients throughout Florida, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, and surrounding communities.

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