Call For A Consultation (202) 644-8303
Our Blogs

What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries happen as a result of a blow or jolt to the head, or a sudden movement to the head which can cause the brain to come into contact with the skull.  While some traumatic brain injuries resolve in days or weeks, others present symptoms that last a lifetime. Learn about some of the common causes of traumatic brain injuries to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Some of the common situations in which a person acquires a traumatic brain injury include car accidents, sports collisions, slip and fall accidents, assaults, and more.

Common forms of traumatic brain injuries are:

  • Concussion: Concussions can be caused by an impact to the head or sudden and violent movement. A concussion can cause damage to the brain cells, and cranial nerves, and can take months or years to heal, or can even cause permanent symptoms.  
  • Contusion: A contusion involves bruising and bleeding in the brain, which is one of the primary causes of serious and long-term damage.
  • Coup-Contrecoup Contusion: If there is violent movement to the head, the brain can impact against the opposite side of the skull, causing severe bruising to the organ.
  • Penetration: A penetration brain injury occurs when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain.
  • Diffuse Axonal: This happens when violent or rapid movement causes the skull to move faster than the brain, which may lead to nerves and brain tissue tearing. Whiplash often causes this type of traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries have the potential to change the course of your life and forever alter your health and independence. Many victims of severe traumatic brain injuries require long-term, live-in care and can no longer earn an income. This can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs.

If you or someone you love has acquired a traumatic brain injury in an accident, our Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. personal injury attorneys are here to help. We have recovered millions of dollars for clients who received a traumatic brain injury due to another’s negligence, and we are here to fight for you, too.

Contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. at (202) 644-8303 to learn how we can assist you.