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Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) have been receiving a lot of attention in the news, between the NFL lawsuit, the NHL lawsuit and Michael Schumacher’s serious injury during a skiing accident. 

Too often the media focuses on athletic concussions and athletic traumatic brain injuries, which takes attention away from non-athletic brain injuries. 

TBI occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain.  

The leading causes of TBI, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are: 

  • Falls – including slip and falls, trip and falls
  • Motor vehicle & traffic related accidents – including car accidents, car vs. bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents, this category involved the largest number of fatalities
  • Struck by/against events – unintentional accidents where a person is struck by an unknown object or person, including falling debris
  • Assaults
  • Other/Unknown – injuries that don’t fit into other categories i.e. fireworks, animal attacks 

The 2nd leading cause of TBI is motor vehicle collisions. The force of a collision can cause a person to strike his or her head on the steering wheel, on the window, or another area of the car.  

A brain injury can be an invisible injury. You or your doctor may not recognize the symptoms right away. 

Any type of TBI, even a mild TBI such as a concussion, can be life changing. TBI is a major cause of disability worldwide. 

A traumatic brain injury can have physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavourial symptoms. 

An injured person who has sustained a traumatic brain injury may experience the following: 

  • Memory or concentration issues
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or lost of balance
  • Slurred or altered speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Feelings of depression 

Sustaining any type of TBI, whether it is mild, moderate or severe requires immediate medical attention. These terms are used to describe how the injury impacts brain function. Even a mild brain injury warrants prompt attention for an accurate diagnosis. 

At the law firm of Paciocco & Mellow, we handle various types of personal injury claims including traumatic brain injury claims. 

If you have been injured and have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is important that you contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.  

We can also provide you with the proper resources in order to help you access the medical care and rehabilitation you need. 

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time.