Common Accidents That Result in Brain Injuries

Posted By Mary Alexander
Common Accidents That Result in Brain Injuries

There are many accidents that can potentially lead to brain injuries. The brain is one of the most delicate parts of the body, and we rely heavily on this organ to think, feel, and move. Even a slight knock to the head can have serious consequences in the future, and the medical community now considers even mild concussions to be serious health concerns. If you want to avoid a number of notable issues, you should do everything you can to avoid these accidents. 

Of course, sometimes accidents are completely out of our control. The very definition of the word “accident” implies as much. That being said, you can suffer accidents while taking all the necessary precautions. Some accidents are not caused by our mistakes, but rather the reckless, negligent behavior of others. Try as we might to control our own actions, there is simply no way to make sure that other people also act in a responsible, considerate manner.  

If you have suffered a brain injury due to the negligence behavior of someone else, you can file a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation for things like missed wages and medical expenses. Because there are so many potential accidents that can lead to brain injuries, the possibilities for brain injury lawsuits are almost endless. Injured brain injury victims should team up with a qualified, experienced attorney who has dealt with brain injury cases in the past.  

Auto Accidents

Auto accidents can easily cause brain injuries. This is one of the leading causes of brain injuries in the United States, and it does not take a genius to figure out why. When people get into car accidents, their bodies can experience serious impacts. When we experience these impacts, our heads are often suddenly jolted in one direction.  

The severity of the resulting brain injury depends on the severity of the impact, but the direction of the impact also plays a role. For example, a “rear-ender” can cause whiplash. This is when the driver’s neck is suddenly thrown backward because of an impact from behind. Even a slight impact from behind can jolt the neck vertebrae out of alignment. Although you might assume that this is a neck injury rather than a head injury, that is not the case. A sudden jolt can cause your brain to hit the inner edge of your skull, resulting in brain injury. Your head does not necessarily need to come into contact with another object for you to suffer a brain injury, and a sudden jolt to one side can be enough to cause serious health consequences.  

Of course, car accidents can also result in the cranium physically impacting another surface or object. In the case of a head-on collision, the driver’s head can move forward and strike the dashboard or the steering wheel. An impact from the side can cause the driver’s head to strike the side of their vehicle, either impacting the window or the side column of the roll cage. Although safety technology like airbags can help soften these impacts, it is not always reliable. In addition, airbags can cause more harm than good in some rare cases.  

When a driver’s head strikes the vehicle without anything penetrating into the skull, this is referred to as a contusion. If a foreign object penetrates into the skull during a car accident, this is called a penetrating brain injury. These injuries are often incredibly serious. Shards of glass or pieces of metal from vehicles or roadside objects can go straight through the skull and into the brain matter. This can cause serious internal bleeding and other severe consequences.  

Slips and Falls 

Brain injuries can be caused by slips and falls, and falls are actually the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. With 1.3 million brain injuries being caused by falls, this makes up roughly half of all brain injuries in the nation. If a property owner fails to clean up debris and spilled liquids, this can pose a risk for members of the public. Other examples of property owner negligence include not installing proper handrails or fixing broken stairs and pathways. These issues can all lead to falls. When a person falls backward, it is often difficult for them to soften the impact with their arms. This means that the back of the head directly strikes against the ground.  

Defective Products 

Brain injuries can also be caused by defective products. For example, a bicycle that falls apart at the wrong time can cause victims to hit the ground and injure themselves. Victims who suffer these injuries can file a product liability lawsuit and hold the product manufacturer or designer liable.  

Workplace Accidents 

Workplace accidents can also lead to brain injuries, especially in physically demanding industries such as construction. Workers may be struck by falling objects, or they may fall due to unsafe working conditions. These workers can file claims with Workers’ Compensation, and they may also file personal injury lawsuits under certain circumstances.  

Medical Malpractice 

It is also possible for victims to suffer head injuries due to the negligence of medical professionals. For example, a botched brain surgery could result in a head injury. Another example could involve a nurse who leaves a patient in a wheelchair at the crest of a hill, causing them to slowly roll downward before falling out of the wheelchair and suffering a brain injury. These victims can hold these negligent individuals accountable with a medical malpractice lawsuit.  

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today

If you have experienced a brain injury and you believe that someone else is to blame, you need to get in touch with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Our legal professionals can help you fight for justice as you strive towards an adequate, fair settlement. Whether you have experienced a brain injury as a result of a car accident, a fall, or any other incident, it helps to have a lawyer at your side. Reach out to Mary Alexander & Associates, and we can help you pursue a positive legal outcome in an efficient manner. 

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Mary Alexander


Attorney Mary Alexander focuses exclusively on serious personal injury claims. Our firm's past successes include a $45 million judgement for a spinal cord injury victim, a $25 million settlement in a wrongful death claim, and a $1.15 billion judgment for premises liability and consumer fraud related to lead paint. With more than 30 years of experience, our catastrophic personal injury lawyers have the knowledge and skill necessary to litigate claims involving life-changing injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and severe burns, which may cause permanent disability, paralysis or wrongful death. We handle injury claims throughout the Bay Area such as: motor vehicle accidents, train accidents, construction accidents, premises liability, product liability, nursing home abuse, maritime injuries, medical malpractice and more. Call our San Francisco law office today to schedule a free consultation.... View full business profile here: Mary Alexander