The brain is a complex organ, responsible for nearly everything we do in both our waking and sleeping moments. The brain helps to regulate breathing, heart rate, and basic organ function. It also controls our behavior, how we think, feel, and interpret events around us. It’s our emotion center, responsible for feelings, memories, and recognition of loved ones and special places. Damage to any particular part of the brain can result in profound physical and personality changes, and can even result in death. Traumatic brain injuries have become one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States today. Each year, over 2 million people require hospitalization due to brain injuries, and over 100 people a day die as a result of these injuries. For those surviving a traumatic brain injury, it may take months and even years to recover.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries are the result of a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Falls: Forty percent of all traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. can be directly attributed to falls, making it the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Among people over the age of 65, the percent of brain injuries attributed to falls rises even higher, to roughly 81%. TBI’s caused by falls can be due to slippery floor surfaces, uneven walkways, inadequate lighting or lack of handrails on steps. These types of accidents can occur in restaurants, in retail and grocery stores, in park plazas or malls, and even on the job.
- Unintentional Blunt Force Trauma: As the second leading cause of TBI, blunt force trauma accidents can be the result of falling debris or low hanging scaffolding or fixtures. Swinging or thrown objects, such as a baseball or golf ball, can also cause blunt force trauma to the head. These types of trauma injuries can also occur in any public place, as well as on the job. Certain occupations, such as construction, forestry, and maintenance jobs carry a greater than average risk of these types of injuries.
- Automobile Accidents: Car accidents are the third leading cause of TBI, and can result in some of the most severe and life threatening head injuries. Brain injuries from car accidents can be attributed to several factors, including whiplash, shaking or jolting of the brain, bumps caused by hitting the head hitting the dashboards, and blows to the head caused by flying debris.
In addition to the above, sports-related brain injuries have also become increasing common. Head injuries are common in professional sports such as football and boxing, but are also frequent in recreational sports, such as golfing, boating, or jet skiing. Among children and adolescents, approximately 21% of traumatic injuries are with sports and recreational activities.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Injury Attorneys
Regardless of the cause, if you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys. At Hogan Frick , we may be able to help you receive damages, such as lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, due to traumatic brain injuries. With offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, our attorneys will review your case, and outline your options. Contact Hogan Frick Law today for a free review of your case.