Top Brain Injury Causes: Understand Your Rights

By Larry A. Tawwater on May 30, 2015

Graphic of a person’s illuminated brainYour brain is one of your most important body parts; it allows you to think, move, and function properly in your daily life. Unfortunately, your brain is also vulnerable to accidents and harm. Damage to this organ can be emotionally, physically, and financially taxing, in addition to potentially causing lifelong disability. If you’ve incurred damages as a result of negligence, we can successfully represent you in a brain injury lawsuit. We endeavor to help clients better understand their rights so they can fight for them. In the following blog post, we discuss the most common brain injury causes and how our Oklahoma attorneys can help you pursue just compensation. 

Types of Brain Injuries

There are many kinds of cerebral injuries you can suffer. You usually cannot sue for damages if you experience degenerative or congenital disorders, since these injuries have no clear faulty or responsible party. There are two basic types of brain injuries for which you may typically seek compensation:

  • Traumatic brain injuries. As their name suggests, traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, result from an outside blow or impact to the head. You could suffer a TBI from a fall, sports injury, or other cause. In severe cases, TBIs could even break open the skull, causing extreme, expensive damage.
  • Acquired brain injuries. These types of injuries are caused by internal factors that lead to more gradual brain dysfunction, such as insufficient oxygen, infection, or stroke. Improperly performed surgery, drug abuse, or near-drowning experiences can cause acquired brain injuries. In some cases, people experience a TBI, and then develop acquired brain injuries as a result of this trauma.  

Most Common Brain Injury Causes

Regrettably, there are many circumstances that can leave patients with brain injuries. The most common causes of cerebral damage include:

  • Slips and falls. Tripping on a slippery or uneven surface could cause brain injury if your head hits a hard or sharp surface. According to BrainLine, 35 percent of American TBIs result from falls.
  • Vehicular accidents. Car, bicycle, truck, and pedestrian crashes often lead to brain injuries, especially if proper protective measures (such as helmets or airbags) were not in place. Our attorneys have expertise in a wide variety of motor vehicle accidents, from basic car accidents to highway work zone incidents and more.
  • Occupational hazards. If your job requires heavy lifting, climbing ladders, or any sort of physical strain, you could experience a brain injury due to a mishap at work. These types of damages are most common in military, industrial, and construction environments. 
  • Sports injuries. Recreational or athletic activities such as football, hockey, bicycling, swimming, or gymnastics can lead to brain injuries if performed in unsafe environments or without proper precautions.
  • Violent incidents. Assaults, gunshot wounds, or abuse can cause brain damage. These types of crimes account for about one in ten instances of cerebral injury.

What Kinds of Damages Can You Seek?

A brain injury could affect nearly every aspect of you and your loved ones’ lives. Depending on the extent and circumstances of your cerebral harm, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Lost income as a result of impairment, hospitalization, or disability.
  • Damage to your belongings, if your brain injury involved your car, bike, or another piece of property.
  • Medical costs to treat your brain injury. Mild cases may require relatively simple and affordable treatment, but severe brain injuries could cost tens of thousands of dollars in hospital and rehabilitation bills.
  • Pain and suffering. Brain injuries can severely impact your quality of life and cause emotional or psychological difficulties.

Our team of attorneys will help you determine which types of damages may be appropriate to pursue for your case and help you work toward them.

Contact The Tawwater Law Firm

If you have suffered a brain injury as the result of another party’s negligence, our Oklahoma lawyers can help you better understand and apply your rights. Contact us today to learn more about brain injury lawsuits and find out how we can help you recover from a devastating incident. 

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