When someone sustains a traumatic brain injury, there are a number of factors that need to be considered before the injured individual takes legal action against the negligent party. The biggest part of this is determining the cause of the brain injury.
There are various different causes of brain injuries, but there are a few situations that are more common in causing these catastrophic events than others. Here are some of the most common situations in which brain injuries can occur.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
These are brain injuries that are most commonly caused by significant impact by significant trauma impact to the skull. These can be either open or closed head wounds or skull fracturs and the loss of consciousness may or may not occur.
However, the most common situations causing traumatic brain injuries include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, assault, or when an object strikes the skull.
Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries
This type of injury is often called an acquired brain injury and is typically caused by some kind of health condition or illness. There is no trauma necessary in causing these types of injuries, but they are also associated with some common causes.
The common instances in which non-traumatic brain injuries occur include strokes, oxygen deprivation, serious infections in the brain, inflammation, medical conditions including cancer and tumors, and other potential infections.
How These Causes Can Show Liability
There are far too many instances in which negligence leads to significant injuries. For instance, a car accident may be caused by a driver who is under the influence, distracted, or tired. Or if they are speeding, they may lose control of their vehicle and cause a significant collision.
Oxygen deprivation may also be caused by a medical error and is often a cause of birth injuries involving the brain. This may make a doctor liable if they fail to properly monitor a baby, or any patient in general who may have a condition.
At Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., our Springfield brain injury lawyers have a strong understanding of the law and what it means for individuals to hold negligent parties accountable. Don’t suffer any more than you have to after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.