Traumatic brain injuries, often called TBIs, are one of the most serious type of injury that you can sustain. They occur when a blow to the head causes a disruption in the way in which the normally functions. In fact, they can even occur in cases where the head simply snaps quickly back and forth on the neck hard enough to cause the brain to rattle around inside the skull, as often occurs in whiplash injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people sustain TBIs each year. They can occur for any number of reasons, but when they are caused by someone else’s negligence, Florida law generally allows victims to recover for their losses. Here are four common causes of traumatic brain injuries that often entitle victims to recover compensation.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are consistently among the most common causes of TBIs. The forces in a wreck can easily cause a vehicle occupant to hit his or her head on the windshield, dashboard, steering wheel or other surface, even in cases in which he or she was buckled in or protected by airbags.
Sports injuries can easy cause traumatic brain injuries. Of course, contact sports like football and hockey put participants at the greatest risk of TBI, but they can also occur in other sports as well. For example, a tennis player could sustain a TBI if he or she dove for the ball and hit his or her head on the court’s surface and a baseball could if he or she was hit in the head by a pitch.
Slip and Fall Accidents
While many people consider falls to be minor events that cannot cause serious injury, they are actually the leading cause of TBI in the United States. Notably, a TBI is not always readily apparent after a fall, so anyone who accidentally falls and hits their head should see a doctor immediately.
Call Meldon Law Today to Speak with an Ocala Personal Injury Attorney
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury in a preventable accident, you should speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Ocala, Florida injury lawyers, call Meldon Law today at 352-373-8000 or send us an email through our online contact form.