What Caused My Brain Injury?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.5 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. There are many different causes of TBI, but the top three causes are car accidents, firearm incidents, and falls.

The Mechanics of a Brain Injury

A brain injury can occur when the head is subjected to a direct external impact, such as where the head is struck or where the head strikes an object. A brain injury can also happen when the head is subject to rapid acceleration or deceleration, which frequently happens in rear-end car accidents.

The three major mechanisms that contribute to a brain injury are as follows:

  • Impact of the brain against the skull

  • Shear between layers of the brain

  • Cavitation

Most brain injuries happen when the head and skull begin movement while the brain resists. This can cause the brain to slam against the inside of the skull, slide one layer of the brain upon another, and create a space in the skull in which small vapor bubbles form then burst, causing injury.

What to Do if You Received a Brain Injury

If you think you received a brain injury, discuss your concerns with a medical practitioner right away. The longer it takes for you to receive treatment, the more permanent the injury’s effects could become.

If you believe your brain injury occurred in an accident caused by someone else, our personal injury attorneys at Scarlett Law Group can help you recover the compensation you’re entitled to. For 25 years, our founding lawyer, Randall H. Scarlett, has provided top-tier legal guidance for personal injury victims and has recovered millions for clients.

If you received a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact Scarlett Law Group today at (415) 688-2176 for a consultation with our team.