Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause serious complications and can range in severity from a mild concussion that self-resolves to more serious injury that may result in long-term disability. In order to protect yourself and minimize the risk of sustaining a TBI, it is important to understand what types of accidents most commonly cause TBIs. If you sustained a TBI that was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should consult with an experienced Coweta County personal injury attorney. The lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are available to meet with you regarding your case at no charge and with no obligation to you.
According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading causes of TBIS are as follows:
- Falls (35.2 %)
- Motor vehicle traffic accidents (17.3 %)
- Events in which a person is struck by or against a foreign object (16.5 %)
- Assaults (10%)
Falls are by far the most common cause of TBIs, and cause half of all TBIs in people aged from 0 to 14. The older population is also at increased risk for sustaining a TBI from a fall, with falls accounting for 61 percent of all TBIs in people 65 and older. In addition to being leading cause of TBIs, motor vehicle accidents account for the highest percentage of TBI related deaths (31.8%). Events when a person is struck by or against another object caused the second most TBIs among people from 0 to 14. Assaults only caused 2.9% of TBIs in people from 0 to 14 and 1% in people 65 and older. Understanding what causes TBIs is the first step in learning how to protect yourself from sustaining a TBI.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury lawyer for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI that you believe may have been the result of another person’s negligence, you may have a legal claim for any damages you incurred. Damages could include medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and in some cases punitive damages. Because personal injury claims are governed by a statute of limitations, it is important to not delay in filing your claim. In addition, you should be certain to undergo a complete medical evaluation after sustaining a TBI to ensure that your injuries are properly documented. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Coweta County personal injury attorneys, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999,