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What are the main causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?

Suffering any type of injury can be an overwhelming experience, but experiencing a brain injury can alter one's entire life in an instant. In recent years, traumatic brain injury has been featured in many news reports, particularly in relation to sports injuries. However, some Delaware parents may be surprised to learn that youth sports, while definitely capable of producing dangerous brain injuries, are not the condition's most common cause.

What are the more common causes of brain injury in America? According to the Brain Injury Association of America, the leading cause of traumatic brain injury is falls. The second most common cause of this dangerous condition is described as other/unknown, which points to a variety of ways in which a person can suffer brain trauma. The third most common cause of TBI is the type of event where a person is struck by or against something. Car crashes come in at number four while assaults are the fifth most common cause.

Every year, over two million people experience TBI. Whether they had a purely accidental fall or were the victim of another's negligence, the condition and its effects can prove life-altering. A brain injury can change the way a person thinks, feels and acts; it can also affect how that person can - or cannot - move their body as well as cognitive functioning. In short, a brain injury can be comprehensive in its effects regardless of the cause.

Suffering brain trauma is far from easy, but obtaining legal advice can make matters smoother for the victim and his or her family. If an injury was caused by another's negligence, an experienced personal injury attorney can provide an effective strategy for recovery.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, "Living with brain injury," accessed Oct. 19, 2015

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