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What are the leading causes of traumatic brain injury?

Most Connecticut residents know that a traumatic brain injury can sometimes turn into a life-changing event. There are different levels of TBI, from mild to severe. More severe TBIs require intense levels of treatment and therapy. According to CDC statistics, TBIs contribute to about 30% of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Many people who manage to survive a TBI still spend the rest of their lives recovering from this trauma. But what are the main causes of TBI? And does every head injury result in a TBI?

A traumatic brain injury is usually caused by a blow or injury to the head. This injury can sometimes be an injury that pierces a person's skull, but most often it is any injury to the head that interrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all head injuries are TBIs, but all TBIs are head injuries. A mild form of a TBI is usually referred to as a concussion.

When considering statistics from all age groups, automobile accidents are a major cause of TBIs. Automobile crashes are the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths overall, and the leading cause of TBI deaths for young adults and children between the ages of five and 24 years old. Automobile accidents are also the leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations for people between the ages of 15 and 44.

Falls are also a major cause of TBIs. More than half of all TBIs that are caused by falls happen to children. And nearly two-thirds of TBIs in Americans older than 65 are caused by falls.

Other causes of TBIs include being struck by an object, otherwise known as blunt force trauma, and assaults. Recent statistics also reveal that men have higher rates of TBI hospitalization than women, and TBI hospitalization rates were highest for people over the age of 65.

If a TBI is caused by the negligence of another person, the injured victim has the right to bring a lawsuit for monetary damages. An experienced personal injury law firm can help a head injury victim evaluate their options.

Source: www.cdc.gov, "Traumatic brain injury in the United States: Facts Sheets", Accessed June 8, 2015

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