Causes of Brain Injury

There are two main causes of brain injuries: acquired or traumatic. An acquired brain injury is caused by pressure on the brain from an event like a stroke or other internal cause. A traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow to the head of some sort, such as what may occur during a car accident.

The most common causes of a traumatic brain injury are car accidents, violence, sports, or falls. The most common causes of an acquired brain injury are poisoning, illicit drug use, infection, stroke, or neurological illnesses. All brain injuries can affect parts of the brain needed for motor control, emotions, speech patterns and recognition, memory, and other cognitive or sensory skills.

Acquired and traumatic brain injuries are not degenerative, which means that they will not get worse and brain functions will not deteriorate over time. Anyone can be a victim of a traumatic brain injury, but people over the age of 65 are at an increased risk for an acquired brain injury while teenage boys are at the highest risk for a traumatic brain injury.

An experienced personal injury attorney can provide more information if you have suffered a brain injury.

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