Common Causes of TBIs
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have a substantially adverse effect on a victim's life and symptoms may hinder physical and cognitive abilities for an extended period of time. Additionally, repeated concussions or other types of TBIs can lead to the early onset of serious mental conditions including Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
TBIs can occur in a wide variety of ways, many of which involve the negligence of another party. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else's negligence, you should not hesitate to consult with an experienced Appleton or Green Bay brain injury lawyer to discuss a possible legal claim. The following are some of the common causes of TBI that may result in a personal injury case:
Motor Vehicle Accidents — When a collision occurs, occupants of the involved vehicles often hit their heads on a window, windshield, steering wheel, seat back or dashboard. Air bags and seat belts are intended to protect a motorist from hitting his or her head, though such safety devices can fail and lead to serious blows to the head. Even if a motorist does not actually suffer direct trauma to the head, the jolt of the crash can result in a TBI.
Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents — According to section 347.485, Wisconsin requires only the following motorcycle riders to wear protective headgear: 1) riders with an instructional permit, 2) riders who are under the age of 18 and 3) riders who have a passenger under the age of 18. Except for these three categories of riders, Wisconsin does not require protective headgear for bikers. For this reason, many riders fail to protect their heads and can sustain serious brain injuries if they are thrown from their bikes.
Pedestrian Accidents — Because pedestrians do not have the safety protections of motor vehicle occupants and do not wear helmets like some bicyclists or motorcyclists, they are highly exposed to head trauma if there are hit by a car or other type of vehicle.
Falls — Victims of falls from heights may hit their head on the ground or a nearby object. Even a slip and fall accident on even ground can easily cause a victim to suffer head trauma and resulting brain injuries.
Falling Objects — When objects fall from windows, shelves, scaffolding, or other heights and land on a victim's head, the victim can suffer serious traumatic brain injuries. Such falling objects are common on construction sites and similar industries that use tools on ladders and scaffolds on a regular basis.
Find Out How an Experienced Wisconsin Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
If you have sustained a TBI and believe it was due to the negligence of another party, please contact Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. to discuss your situation with a qualified Green Bay personal injury attorney or Appleton personal injury attorney. Our offices are conveniently located in New London, Green Bay, Appleton, and Oshkosh and we are waiting to evaluate a possible case at no cost to you. Call today at 920-739-7366.