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What Are the Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Appleton brain injury lawyerEvery year, thousands of Americans suffer brain trauma that can dramatically impact the rest of their lives. Traumatic brain injuries can result from a jolt or blow to the head that ultimately causes some sort of physical damage to the brain. In serious cases, the brain can be bruised, ruptured, or suffer internal bleeding. In many instances, traumatic brain injuries occur due to the negligence of another party. Below, we will look at some of the instances in which you could seek out injury compensation after suffering brain trauma. 

When Do Injuries to the Brain Occur? 

Here in the United States, brain trauma is incredibly common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.87 million people suffered traumatic brain injuries that required medical attention in 2014. Of those injuries, 56,800 ultimately proved fatal. If a member of your family suffers an injury to the brain, it is likely that your family is entitled to injury compensation. Brain injuries can be caused by:

  • Car Accidents: In 2014, car accidents were the second leading cause of all traumatic brain injuries, accounting for upwards of 20% of trauma instances. Unfortunately, serious brain damage can occur in even the most minor of car accidents. Even if a person is properly utilizing their seat belt restraint system, the impact of a collision can result in injuries ranging from minor concussions to significant bruising of the brain. In a large percentage of motor vehicle collisions, the collision occurred due to reckless driving (such as speeding, drinking and driving, or swerving from lane to lane). Your family should not suffer financially due to the reckless actions of another driver.  
  • Workplace Injuries: Every year, millions of Americans are injured while working. According to the United States Department of Labor, 5,147 workers were fatally injured while on the job in 2017. While workplace injuries can occur in any field of labor, the construction industry is notorious for worker injuries. Two of the most common construction work injuries are falls and being struck by objects. In both of these types of accidents, injuries to the brain are highly likely. After an employee suffers an injury, many companies will fight to avoid paying full injury compensation. In these cases, it is important to secure representation from a skilled attorney. 
  • Slipping at an Establishment: If there are slick or slippery surfaces in a business such as a store or restaurant, this can result in dangerous falls. In many cases, falls can be incredibly harmful for the most vulnerable members of our families. Falls are the leading cause of hospitalization among Americans over the age of 65 and under the age of 17. In all, falls accounted for 48% of brain trauma hospitalizations in 2014. 

Contact an Appleton Attorney For Brain Injury Victims 

When a person suffers serious brain trauma, the accident can affect their whole family. An injury to the brain can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, and it will often come with tremendous medical expenses. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we are prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that our clients are awarded the injury compensation they deserve. Understanding the financial toll of an injury of such magnitude, our firm offers free consultations to all of our clients. To schedule a complimentary initial meeting with a compassionate Green Bay personal injury lawyer, contact us at 920-739-7366. 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html

https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

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