Hitting your head is never an enjoyable experience. Simple and small accidents (not noticing that pole right behind you) can leave you a little disoriented and embarrassed, but larger ones can have serious consequences. In fact, brain injury’s vary widely and manifested as concussions, loss of consciousness or even comas. Brain injuries are very serious and can have a lasting impact if they are not taken care of properly.
Brain injuries occurs when there is impact to your head. When your head is hit initially, there is a primary impact of the brain against the skull, this is called the coup. There is also a secondary impact of the brain when your body and brain try to reorient, this is called the countercoup. Therefore, two harmful impacts occur with every brain injury. Here are a few common things that can cause brain injury:
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- Nearly 35 percent of brain injuries occur because some type of hard fall.
- These injuries are hard to anticipate; however, the best advice is to always be careful and attentive to your surroundings.
- This makes up about 17 percent of brain injuries in the US.
- Always wear your seatbelt and make sure that your car’s airbags are working.
- It is important to note that despite your car’s safety features, it is still possible for you to suffer a brain injury in an accident.
- Concussions are a common occurrence in many high impact sports such as: basketball, football and soccer.
- It is important for you and your children to always follow all the safety rules for the sport.
According to brainline.org, a website dedicated to understanding brain injuries, children ages 0-4 and 15-19 are the most likely age group to experience brain injuries. It is always important to keep an eye on your children. Further, if you have been in hit in the head and experienced loss of consciousness, persistent headaches, or unusual behavior see a doctor immediately.
If you have been involved in an accident where you have received a traumatic brain injury, please contact us today. You deserve compensation for your loss.
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