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The Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury in a Fall or Motor Vehicle Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)—The Risk in a Fall or Motor Vehicle Accident

Diagram of a human brainTBI, or traumatic brain injury, is a serious condition that can lead to temporary or even permanent loss of cognitive or motor skills. Though often associated with concussions, TBI can take many other forms:

  • The brain may slam against the skull in the event of a sudden jolt, stop or start, causing tearing, bruising, inflammation or swelling
  • A sudden twist or spinning motion can cause brain cells to tear or detach
  • The concussive impact of an explosion can lead to swelling or bruising
  • A sharp object may penetrate the skull and brain, or a blunt object may cause the skull to collapse, exposing the brain to injury
  • Bleeding in the brain can impede the flow of oxygen to the brain, causing permanent damage

The Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the Mayo Clinic, TBI most typically results from:

  • Falls—The most frequent cause of traumatic brain injury is falling, often from ladders, but also from bed, down steps or on slippery or wet surfaces.
  • Motor vehicle accidents—The impact of a car crash often causes the brain to collide with the skull, causing swelling, bruises, bleeding and tearing. Additionally, many car accident victims strike their heads on windshields, steering wheels, dashboards, pavement and other vehicles.
  • Violence—About one in five reported incidences of TBI involves some form of violence, from a physical blow to a gunshot to the violent shaking of a small child.
  • Sports injuries—Recent research shows that certain high-impact sports, such as football, boxing and hockey, have high rates of TBI

Contact Fritz, Goldenberg & Bianculli

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that has caused a traumatic brain injury please contact us. We can review your case and help with your legal needs.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at (215) 458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.