Types & Causes of Brain Injury

Experienced Upstate New York Brain Injury Lawyers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.5 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in any given year. Of these injuries, more than 50,000 people die from the injuries, and more than 85,000 suffer long-term disabilities as a result. If you or a loved one has suffered TBI due to another’s negligence, it is important to work with a skilled lawyer. The Albany TBI lawyers of the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C. have served many seriously injured individuals across New York.

Types of Brain Injury

Perhaps the first step in addressing a traumatic brain injury is getting past all of the misconceptions that exist. To be clear, there is no such thing as a “minor” brain injury. Even a simple case of whiplash can result in a brain injury that requires weeks or even months of treatment. This can be especially true for people who have suffered brain injuries previously.

At the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C., our Albany traumatic brain injury lawyers are committed to helping victims recover from their injuries and move forward with their lives as quickly and completely as possible. We only represent injury victims, and have secured impressive results in some of the most complex cases.

Focal and Diffuse Traumatic Brain Injuries

Focal Brain Injury

Focal brain injuries are those that impact a very limited portion of the brain. These types of injuries are often associated with accidents involving falling objects, being struck in the head with a weapon or another instrument as might happen in an assault or injuries involving skull fractures. While only impacting a limited portion of the brain, severe focal injuries can cause permanent brain damage or even be fatal to the victim.

Diffuse Brain Injury

Diffuse brain injuries tend to be more widespread and typically impact multiple parts of the brain. Diffuse injuries are commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, falls from heights such as those that happen on construction sites or slip-and-fall injuries. While many diffuse brain injuries involve impact with a windshield or another object, impact is not necessary for a diffuse brain injury to occur. They have occurred in rear-end collisions and cases of shaken baby syndrome where no direct head impact or other head injury was involved.

Contact the Albany Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers of the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C., to discuss your TBI case. We offer a free initial consultation and case review where you can get your initial questions answered and learn more about how we can help you. We will not accept any attorneys’ fees unless you recover compensation for your injuries.

The Causes of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be caused by any number of traumatic events. According to the CDC, more than one-third (35.2 percent) of traumatic brain injuries are caused by falls. Falls account for more than half of TBIs for children 14 and younger, and for more than 60 percent of TBIs for people 65 and older. Another common cause of TBIs is motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents cause more than 17 percent of all brain injuries. Motor vehicle accidents also account for nearly one-third (31.8 percent) of TBI-related deaths. Collisions with a moving or stationary object account for more than 16 percent of brain injuries. Assaults cause more than 10 percent of brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by blunt force trauma. Some injuries, however, are a result of rapid acceleration and deceleration, causing the brain to strike the inside of the skull. It is not necessary to strike your head to have a TBI.

However your brain injury was caused, it is important that you have a dedicated, knowledgeable lawyer at your side. Contact the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C., to schedule your free initial consultation. We do not accept attorneys’ fees or expenses unless you are successful in your case.