Situations Where Brain Injuries Can Occur

More often than not, brain injuries are debilitating, as they can harshly affect various aspects of a victim’s life. Individuals who incurred their injury due to a negligent party can pursue legal action and receive compensation.

Knowing the cause of the brain injury can help the injured party’s legal representation build a successful case. So, how do brain injuries occur, and what can be done about it? To understand catastrophic injuries, click here.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Severe trauma to the head is the primary cause of brain injuries. This includes open wounds, closed wounds, and skull fractures. Not all injuries will be apparent since the concerning damage happens internally.

Even with prompt care, a brain injury can alter someone’s lifestyle, affecting their speech, movement, and cognition.

Below are some external causes of these injuries.

Faulty or Dangerous Products

Sadly, victims will often blame themselves for their injuries caused by a product even when the manufacturer might be the actual culprit. It’s possible to sue a product manufacturer for a traumatic injury caused by:

  • Lack of sufficient warning labels
  • Lack of proper instructions
  • Unsafe product designs
  • Product malfunctions

If your personal injury lawyer can prove any of these claims, then you can receive compensation for your injuries.

Vehicular accidents

Driving accidents – motor vehicle accidents, in particular – are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. In motorcycle, truck, car, and pedestrian accidents, several factors influence the injury’s severity, including highway conditions, vehicle speed, and the driver’s condition.

Work-Related Accidents

Construction sites and similar work environments are other common culprits of brain injuries. Workers can file a case against their employer and potentially earn compensation if their workplace doesn’t meet its industry’s safety standards.

Slip and Fall Accidents

“Slips and falls” encompass a wide range of incidents, and some can end with the victim’s head receiving a physical impact. These accidents can also cause many other injuries like wounds, fractures, and dislocations in other parts of the body.

Acquired Brain Injuries

How do brain injuries occur if there was no traumatic harm?

Acquired brain injuries are different from traumatic brain injuries in that they usually occur internally due to conditions or changes in the body. These conditions can be just as life-threatening as physical trauma.

Common situations that can cause acquired brain injuries include the following.

Incidents that Cause Hypoxia and Anoxia

Brain cells can die within minutes of losing oxygen, and the damage becomes progressively worse the longer the brain lacks sufficient oxygen. Hypoxic brain injuries arise when the brain receives insufficient oxygen. If the brain is entirely devoid of oxygen, anoxic brain injuries begin to manifest.

Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation can cause hypoxia and anoxia. People who work under unsafe conditions – like under-ventilated car services – can inhale fumes that starve the brain of oxygen.

Pools naturally pose a threat and are common causes of brain injuries. Property owners who fail to secure their pools may be liable for damages caused by their negligence.

Toxic Substance Exposure

Some people may develop an acquired brain injury from environmental pollutants or toxic chemicals, usually in the workplace. Exposure to these substances – whether gradually each day or in an accident – can result in severe bodily damage.

The common symptoms of brain damage caused by toxic substance exposure include:

  • Cognitive issues
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Tremors
  • Severe headaches

Filing Claims Against the Liable Party

How do brain injuries occur? In many cases, the answer is negligence. This is a common denominator for hundreds of brain injuries, and it can manifest in various forms.

Driving under the influence, not following speed limits, or not properly maintaining a vehicle can cause vehicular accidents and injure nearby drivers and bystanders. Likewise, businesses that don’t bring their establishment up to code can potentially harm their workforce.

Call Larson & Miller Injury Law at 417-890-6677 if you require assistance regarding your case. We have a legal team with decades of experience filing personal injury claims. We understand the gravity of brain injuries, and we will work hard on your behalf every step of the way.