Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Do you watch the news early in the morning or in the evening? If you do, you’ll see many advertisements for new drugs on the market or personal injury attorneys. You will never see, however, an ad for a drug for traumatic brain injury (TBI). Lawyers generally talk about automobile accidents but don’t talk a lot about what the outcomes of an accident might be in their 30-second spot.

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A traumatic brain injury can be one of the outcomes of a motor vehicle accident. And it can be severe. The injury could cause you or a loved one a lifetime of complications and grief.

There are several other ways to be the victim of TBI besides a car accident.


There are several categories of traumatic brain injuries:

  • Open head injuries
  • Closed head injuries
  • Deceleration injuries
  • Chemical/Toxic Issues
  • Lack of Oxygen
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Strokes

Primary Causes

Primary and common events causing TBI are:

  1. Falls
  2. Vehicle collisions
  3. Violence
  4. Sports Injuries
  5. Explosive blasts or Combat events

Injury from falls can result from common events, including falling out of bed, slipping in the bath, and falling down steps. Falls are the most common cause of brain injuries, especially in children and older adults. These represent about 28% of all TBI cases.

The greatest cause among people 15-19 years old is motor vehicle accidents. These are about 20% of TBI cases.

Violence, including gun shots, domestic violence, and child abuse accounts for about 20% of traumatic brain injuries.

Sports injuries represent another 19% of injuries. These are “struck by or collided with” injuries. Most are mild and do not need hospital or emergency treatment.

Other types of injuries are in the single digit percentiles.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries are often medical emergencies. They must be diagnosed quickly to avoid immediate and long-term complications.


When a TBI does lead to long-lasting or even lifelong complications, the issue of who or what caused the injuries arises. In simple terms, who was at fault? How were they at fault? Was there any second or third person fault at all?

Fault may be assessed by who or what caused the original injury. Mistakes made in the initial and ongoing treatment of TBI may also lead to complications which may have been avoided with proper care.

We Can Help You

If you have any questions about the TBI you or family or friends suffered, call us. We can tell you if your concern rises to the level of needing legal help to improve the outcomes for the victim of the injury.

Call Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP at 504-830-3838 for a Free Case Screening.