Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, occur when the brain suffers a mild to severe trauma. TBI can occur anywhere at any time to anyone—from children playing on the playground to employees performing job duties at the workplace.
Eight main Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
- Open-Head Injuries
Open-head injuries occur when the skull has been penetrated. For example, a bullet wound to the head can cause an open-head traumatic brain injury.
- Closed-Head Injuries
- Deceleration Injuries
Deceleration injuries, also known as diffuse axonal injuries, are related to the acceleration and deceleration of the skill, a hard shell, and how that affects the brain—a soft tissue. Because the brain moves at a different speed than the skull, sudden acceleration and deceleration can cause traumatic brain injuries.
- Chemical and/or Toxic Injuries
Chemical and/or toxic injuries, also known as metabolic disorders, occur when harmful chemicals such as insecticides, solvents, carbon monoxide, and lead cause damage to the brain’s neurons.
- Anoxia and Hypoxia Injuries
Anoxia, which is no oxygen to the brain, and hypoxia, which is a reduced amount of oxygen to the brain, can take place in as little as a few minutes, and can be caused by health issues such as when a person’s blood pressure drops, suffers respiratory failure, or has a heart attack. Anoxia and hypoxia can cause extreme memory and cognitive deficits.
- Tumor Injuries
Injuries caused by tumors generally happen because the tumor is growing on or over the brain, invading the space of the brain, and causing damage as a result of pressure effects around the tumor.
Note that surgery to remove tumors can also contribute to traumatic brain injuries.
- Infection Injuries
When the blood-brain protective system is compromised, the brain and its surrounding membranes are prone to infections, including life-threatening diseases like encephalitis and meningitis.
- Stroke Injuries
When a stroke occurs, the brain’s blood flow is blocked, which causes cell death in the area that was deprived of blood flow.
An artery or vein tear that leads to a hemorrhage or hematoma (or, that leads to bleeding in or over the brain) can cause traumatic brain injury and damage due to the loss of blood flow to the brain tissue.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one live in the Jacksonville, Florida area and have suffered a traumatic brain injury, then contact the Jacksonville personal injury attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green and Ashton, P.A. immediately.
Our expertise and compassion helps us better help you get the compensation you deserve and we know how to pinpoint the parties responsible for your TBI and hold them accountable for their actions or negligence. Call us at (904)-398-2212 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.