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These are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries

If you've been in a car accident, you may have realized that you have a constant, throbbing headache. Your neck is sore, and you aren't feeling quite like yourself. It's possible that you're suffering from a traumatic brain injury due to whiplash or other causes.

Although a traumatic brain injury is defined as being caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, not all traumatic brain injuries involve you hitting your head. In fact, you can suffer a brain injury any time the brain impacts the skull. For example, if your head moves to the side quickly, your brain might twist and pull, sheering ligaments and hitting the skull.

After an accident, it's important to seek medical care as soon as possible. TBIs contribute to the deaths of around 30 percent of people with injuries. The TBI doesn't always happen alone, and it may coincide with other injuries.

While car accidents can lead to TBIs, the leading cause of TBIs is actually falls. For example, if you slip and fall in your school hallway or trip and fall on an uneven path, you could hit your head and suffer from a traumatic brain injury.

The second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries is being struck against or by an object. For instance, if you're playing baseball and get hit in the head with the ball, it could cause a TBI. In another situation, if you're in a car crash and hit your head on the dashboard, you may suffer a TBI.

Motor vehicle collisions are the third-leading cause of emergency department visits for traumatic brain injuries. Strictly looking at deaths caused by TBIs, motor vehicle accidents cause TBI-related deaths around 19 percent of the time as of 2013.

Who's most at risk for a TBI? It depends on the situation. The highest risk is to those over the age of 75, but motor vehicle collisions involving TBI-related deaths are highest for those between 5 and 24 years of age. For injuries, motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of hospitalizations for those between the ages of 15 and 44.

Following a traumatic brain injury, you may have an extended recovery time. It's important that the person responsible for your injuries covers the expenses related to your medical care along with other financial needs. Your attorney can help you determine what a fair settlement is and seek it out.

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