When a person’s brain is harmed in an accident or due to a medical condition, they can suffer debilitating effects that can change their life forever. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can range in severity from concussions that produce temporary symptoms to serious injuries that result in the death of brain cells and even the loss of entire sections of the brain.
Accidents that result in TBIs often include things like ATV accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, auto accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Victims of mild TBIs can experience disabling effects that can make it difficult to continue working and earning a living for their families, while victims of severe TBIs may experience effects that are so severe that they need constant medical treatment and attention.What Are Common Causes of TBIs?
Any impact or blow to the head can result in a TBI. Although the brain is protected by the skull, it’s still highly vulnerable to damage during accidents, illnesses, and even during physical altercations. Some of the most common accidental causes of TBIs include:
- ATV, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents
Riding a vehicle that isn’t enclosed and equipped with safety features carries inherent risks, such as suffering serious injuries if you’re involved in an accident. People who ride ATVs, bicycles, and motorcycles should always wear helmets, but they aren’t always 100-percent effective at preventing head and brain injuries. Impacting the pavement, a stationary object, or another vehicle at any speed can put riders at risk of TBIs, but wearing a helmet can reduce the risk significantly.
- Pedestrian accidents
Like riders of non-enclosed vehicles, pedestrians also face significant risks every time they travel near cars, trucks, and SUVs. When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, their chances of suffering a serious injury are extremely high—especially if the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. In addition to suffering things like broken bones and torn ligaments, pedestrians who are hit by cars also may suffer TBIs—both due to the violent nature of the impact and due to striking their heads on the vehicle or the pavement.
- Work-related accidents
People who work in labor-intensive jobs, such as manufacturing, construction, delivery, inventory, maintenance, and repair can be at high risk of TBIs due to suffering blows to the head from large and heavy objects. Workers who frequently operate heavy machinery, like forklifts, can also be at risk during accidents. Finally, even office workers, retail workers, and service-industry workers can be at risk due to falling boxes or unsafe work environments.
- Slip-and-fall accidents
Tripping, slipping, or falling and hitting your head on a hard surface is enough to cause a TBI that can range from a mild concussion to a life-threatening situation. Older victims often suffer TBIs after falling out of bed, in the shower or bath, or down their stairs. Other victims of TBIs may incur their injuries at work, at home, or in public due to things like poorly lit or maintained walkways, slippery floors, and uneven walking surfaces.
People who suffer TBIs often deal with the consequences for the rest of their lives. While victims of minor TBIs may be able to eventually return to work, victims of severe TBIs often have a poor prognosis and a reduced lifespan.
Some of the common symptoms of minor TBIs include:
- Difficulty speaking, concentrating, and communicating
- Nausea, headaches, and blurred vision
- Poor hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
Symptoms of severe TBIs can include:
- Changes in personality, behavior, and mood
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville brain injury lawyers know how devastating TBIs are for victims and their families. Many victims aren’t just unable to go back to work, but they may require constant vigilance and medical care from family members and trained professionals. That can result in expensive medical bills that they can’t afford—especially if the victim is no longer able to earn a paycheck.
If your loved one suffered a TBI that was caused by another person or party’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Our legal team can fight for your rights to get damages for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Get in touch with us today by dialing (615) 200-1111 or completing a free consultation form.