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Common Causes of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are some of the most common injuries in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.5 million individuals in the United States sustain a brain injury each year, ranging from mild to severe. At least 50,000 people die from these injuries and another 85,000 suffer long term disabilities, also on an annual basis. Currently, it is estimated that about 5.3 million people live with a disability that was caused by a brain injury, though none of these numbers include injured individuals who are never treated in an emergency room or doctor’s office, of which there are many.

Despite the alarmingly high number of brain injuries, the causes of them are not as vast. Here are some of the most common causes of brain injuries:

  • Falls: Falls account for about 35.2% of brain injuries, making it the leading cause. Seniors and young children are particularly susceptible to this type of accident. Among children, falls account for about 50% of brain injuries and, among the elderly, it accounts for 62%. Falling out of bed, slipping in a bathtub, falling from ladders, and other related falls can all cause a brain injury.
  • Vehicle-related collisions: Accidents involving cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and even pedestrians, are all common causes of brain injuries. These types of accidents account for 17.3% of brain injuries among all age groups.
  • Being struck by an object: This is the third leading cause of brain injuries, making up 16.5% of this type of injury. However, it is the second leading cause of brain injuries among children 14 and under.
  • Violent acts: This is more common among adults. For children, it accounts for 2.9% of brain injuries and 1% among the elderly.
  • Sports injuries: Brain injuries in sports are not always reported, but it is a common cause. Soccer, boxing, football, baseball, and other high-impact sports put athletes at high risk for repeated brain injuries, often resulting in long-term damage that does not begin to surface until later in life.

The severity of a brain injury from any of these causes depend on a variety of factors, including the location of the injury, the age of the individual, how soon the individual receives treatment, whether or not the injured person was conscious and for how long, and whether or not any functions were affected.


If you have sustained a brain injury, you might not have any symptoms right away, or even within the next few days or weeks. Symptoms you might experience include:

  • Cognitive difficulties, such as trouble with memory recall, difficulty paying attention, confusion, and impulsive behavior
  • Trouble with speech and language
  • Vision problems
  • Sensory difficulties
  • Partial or total loss of vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Decreased or total loss of hearing
  • Seizures
  • Mood changes, such as depression, aggression, or irritability
  • Appetite changes
  • Trouble sleeping

Even if you are uncertain about having a brain injury or think it may be minor, you should see a doctor for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and possible treatment.

Washington, DC Brain Injury Attorneys

At Simeone & Miller, LLP, we handle many different kinds of personal injury cases, but brain injuries are among the most serious. These types of injuries can be life-changing, impacting not only the victim, but the family as well. In addition to the emotional turmoil, victims and their families are also faced with an enormous financial burden, having to pay for medical bills and rehabilitation costs and to cope with the loss of income or work. Our Washington, DC personal injury attorneys are here to help fight for compensation on your behalf and ease the financial burden, so you can focus on recovering.

Call us today at (202) 888-0872 for a free consultation.