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Different nature and causes of traumatic brain injury

The precise nature of a traumatic brain injury can vary based on any of the following factors, according to the Mayo Clinic:

  • Damage to brain cells may occur only in the area directly below the point of impact on the skull.
  • A severe blow or jolt can result in the brain moving back and forth in the skull, causing multiple points of damage.
  • Tearing of cellular structures can occur because of a severe rotational or spinning jolt.
  • The brains of patients who have survived an explosion of some kind can sustain widespread damage.
  • If an object penetrates the skull, it can cause severe, irreparable damage to brain cells, blood vessels and protective tissues around the brain.
  • Bleeding in or around the brain, swelling, and blood clots can disrupt the oxygen supply to the brain and cause wider damage.

A number of different events can also cause traumatic brain injury. Common ones include the following:

  • Falls are the most common cause of brain injury overall, particularly in older adults and young children.
  • Vehicle-related collisions for drivers, passengers or pedestrians.
  • Violence, including gunshot wounds, domestic violence or child abuse. Shaken baby syndrome is traumatic brain injury caused by the violent shaking of an infant.
  • Sports injuries. Athletes who participate in soccer, boxing, football, baseball, lacrosse, skateboarding, hockey, and other high-impact or extreme sports are prone to brain injury.
  • Explosive blasts and other combat injuries, which are a common cause of traumatic brain injury in active-duty military personnel.

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, check with Lopez McHugh for a free consultation to see what your legal options are.

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