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What is Responsible for Most Traumatic Brain Injuries?

February 2, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

People who suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) can experience life-long symptoms and complications. The rehabilitation can be costly, in both time and money. In addition, TBI can be stressful on the sufferer’s loved ones tasked with long-term care.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Generally, TBI occurs in three ways:

  • The victim’s head striking an object
  • The victim’s head is struck with force
  • The brain moves inside the skull without visible trauma to the head’s exterior

TBI can be in the form of a closed head injury (CHI) or an open head injury (OHI). In CHI, there is no exterior trauma to the head, and in OHI, there is visible trauma to the head and/or brain.

Motor vehicle accidents account for most TBI cases. Firearm-related incidents and falls also account for a high number of TBI patients. In addition, slip and fall accidents and head-ground contact in sports have led to many TBI cases.

A TBI can happen to anyone. TBI caused by falling is more common in younger children. While TBI from car accidents is more prevalent between ages of 15 and 35. Infants are prone to TBI from “shaken baby syndrome.”

The brain is the hard drive of the body. Naturally, any brain injury can lead to serious complications. Some sources indicate that 20 to 30 percent of brain injuries result in a lifelong disability.

TBI is not a diagnosis that anyone wants to hear – it is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults.

Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida injury lawyers