Head injuries, both minor and serious, can be caused by many of the same things. The causes may not always be avoidable, but serious injury can be. Some of the most common causes of head injuries include:
- Auto accidents
Auto accidents are by far the most common cause of head injuries. Even if the injury seems minor, serious complications can occur if there is undetected bleeding in the brain. See a doctor immediately even if the auto accident is a small one. Whiplash injuries can cause the brain to slam up against the side of the skull. If you have suffered a whiplash injury and your neck hurts, the medical professionals should also examine you for a traumatic brain injury.
Young children, people with medical conditions like epilepsy, and the elderly are most likely to injure their heads in a fall. Tripping hazards, consumption of alcohol, and certain medications also increase the likelihood of a fall. Proper supervision of children and the elderly, and clearing tripping hazards can decrease chances of falling.
Both contact and non-contact sports can cause head injuries. Children riding bikes and teens playing high school sports lead the way in head injuries in this category.
Violence makes up another large category of head injuries. Shaken baby syndrome, blows to the head, and firearms all cause the most head injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury as the result of negligence, please contact the experienced head injury attorneys at Cochran Firm Wisconsin, LLP to set up a free consultation.