Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Our brains are pretty extraordinary organs. They keep our bodies moving, our lungs and hearts pumping and our senses – well, sensing. But even the smallest injury can cause permanent, life-altering damage to our brains, taking away in an instant the things we take for granted: our ability to breathe or eat on our own, our ability to run or our ability to see.

Losing these precious gifts can be almost unbearable; that’s why the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm works so hard to help make it right. Our dedicated team of Tennessee personal injury lawyers may not be able to heal your brain injury, but we can make sure that you have everything you need to adapt to a new life. We fight the insurance companies and the negligent parties on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery. That’s why so many of our clients continue to recommend us to their friends and loved ones after a traumatic brain injury.

Likely sources for brain injuries

Brain damage can be caused by outside forces, like a blow to the head, or by illnesses or infection. In some cases the injury develops for no clear reason at all, like it does in dementia or Parkinson’s patients. Certain events are more likely than others to increase your risk of a brain injury, such as:

  • Motor vehicle wrecks. Bus, truck, motorcycle and car crashes can cause long-term brain injuries. A drivers or passenger who is not properly restrained may go through a window or smash into the dashboard or door frame. Airbags can also cause an injury by literally rattling your brain inside your skull.
  • Falls from heights. A slip off of the ladder while painting the trim, or a fall from a train platform – the height doesn’t need to be extreme to cause damage. In fact, OSHA requires that anyone working more than 6 feet off the ground must wear a safety harness. Imagine how severe the damage could be if you fall off of a roof, which is much higher than 6 feet.
  • Work-related accidents. Construction and utility workers face serious injuries every day. A fall from a scaffold, an electrical shock or a falling object can all cause serious brain injuries.
  • Sports-related injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are not just a cause for worry for the NFL anymore. Middle and high school age children who play sports are at an increased risk of brain injury, even with extra safety precautions in play. Football, soccer, rugby, baseball, softball – all of these sports pose a serious risk of brain damage, as do competitive events involving mixed martial arts or wrestling.
  • Negligent security. Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe. A poorly lit alley or entryway, broken locks or high-rise windows without child safety bars can lead to falls or increase the chance of a violent encounter.
  • Spinal trauma. The spine and the brain are inextricably linked, and damage to one often results in damage to the other. Physical trauma to the spine, whether caused by a car crash or an act of medical negligence involving cortisone shots (or any of the million ways we sustain an injury) can lead to swelling, hemorrhaging or infections.

When you sustain a traumatic brain injury, RML is there for you. We have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients throughout Tennessee because we are unafraid to take your case to trial to get you the compensation you deserve – all the while keeping your best interests in mind. We help you look after yourself and your family into the future, so that you can focus on your recovery and not on your injury.

Advocating for Tennessee brain injury victims

The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm provides comprehensive and compassionate counsel to victims of brain injuries and their families. We fight on behalf of those who cannot fight for themselves. To schedule a free consultation in our Nashville, Knoxville or Gallatin offices, please call 888.619.4765 or fill out our contact form.