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How Can a Personal Injury Accident Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury?


  • Traumatic brain injury can stem from personal injury due to accidents such as blunt force trauma.
  • Brain damage can cause a traumatic brain injury that can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea, memory loss, and vision problems
  • Some personal injury accidents that can cause a TBI include car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, and slip-and-fall accidents
  • Anyone who causes a personal injury accident through negligence can be held liable for TBI damages

People can suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) Traumatic brain injury from a personal injury accident, such as a car, truck, pedestrian, or slip and fall accident. These traumatic events can expose someone to severe physical harm, as heavy objects can impact the head and cause damage to the brain.

Someone can suffer a TBI from direct blunt-force trauma that damages the brain, leading to intense headaches, blurry vision, short-term memory loss, and other significant symptoms. Those who cause personal injury accidents through negligence can be held liable for traumatic brain injury damages through personal injury claims.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Personal injury accidents are severe incidents that can expose someone to significant physical harm. It can result in severe injuries, with one of the most life-altering being a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This injury results from a direct blow to the head that can damage the brain.

TBIs can cause negative effects on a person’s life, as they will have to deal with painful physical symptoms and reduced cognitive functioning. Some TBIs caused by personal injury accidents include concussions, contusions, and coup-contrecoup brain injuries.

Car Accidents Can Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury

One of the common personal injury accidents that can cause a TBI is a car accident. Drivers must be aware of their behavior behind the wheel, as reckless actions can cause significant car crashes that expose victims to physical trauma. Reckless behavior like distracted driving, speeding, and drowsy driving can cause head trauma that causes a TBI.

During the impact of a collision, a person’s head can receive impact from a direct blow from a vehicle or by striking a heavy object in the car, such as a dashboard. This damage can cause a life-altering TBI. Some types of car collisions that can cause TBIs include head-on, sideswipe, T-bone, and rear-end accidents

How Can a Pedestrian Accident Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Drivers who commit reckless driving behavior can also cause pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians walking on sidewalks, crossing through intersections, and those navigating parking lots can suffer traumatic accidents when a driver crashes into them.

The impact of this collision can cause a TBI, as the pedestrian does not have anything to protect their head. They can suffer blunt-force trauma to the brain that can cause damage, resulting in a TBI. The states most dangerous for pedestrians include Florida, New Mexico, California, and South Carolina.

TBIs Caused by a Slip and Fall Accidents

People can also suffer traumatic brain injuries from slip and fall accidents, which occur when a walking hazard takes them off their feet. Falling to the hard ground can cause TBIs because the head does not have protection to keep it safe from colliding with the floor. They can suffer blunt-force trauma to the head that damages the brain and causes a TBI.

Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include wet floors, missing steps, parking lot potholes, loose rugs and floorboards, and exposed cables running across the floor. Those who suffer TBIs from slip and falls at work can file worker’s compensation to pursue compensation for damages. Victims can also file slip and fall claims with property owners.

Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After Suffering a TBI?

Hiring a personal injury lawyer after suffering a TBI is essential to help you recover compensation for damages. The at-fault party caused you to suffer a severe injury that can cause long-term health consequences, affecting your physical condition and mental state of mind.

An experienced personal injury attorney can use their expertise to advise you on the best steps to take and what state laws can affect your case. They can also handle settlement negotiations with an insurance company trying to deny, delay, or devalue your claim.

Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your TBI Claim

At The Russo Firm, our personal injury lawyers can use their experience handling personal injury claims to help you pursue compensation for TBI damages. We understand how TBI symptoms can dramatically alter your life and lead to significant pain and suffering.

Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence, collect evidence, and negotiate a settlement with their insurance company. Contact us for a free TBI consultation at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page

Frequently Asked Questions About Traumatic Brain Injuries

What Symptoms Can TBIs Cause?

Victims of personal injury accidents can experience significant physical and mental symptoms that can affect their lives. These symptoms can majorly affect a person’s quality of life, as they have to deal with the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by their severe injury.

The following are some common TBI symptoms:

  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Problems concentrating
  • Intense headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Vision issues
  • Nausea
  • Memory problems
  • Mood swings
  • Issues with sleeping

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Personal Injury Accident That Causes a TBI?

Whoever causes a personal injury accident that results in a TBI can be held liable. Similarly, anyone who committed negligent behavior that exposed another person to harm can share liability for TBI damages. Multiple parties can be assigned liability in states that operate under comparative negligence.

The following are some parties that can share liability for TBI damages in a personal injury claim:

What Damages Result from a TBI?

Damages are losses that someone can incur because of a personal injury accident. Victims can pursue compensation for these damages by filing a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. 

Economic damages are those that have a financial value or bill attached. These can include medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning potential. Non-economic damages are intangible losses that affect a person’s mental health and quality of life. Some non-economic damages caused by a TBI include mental anguish, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.


Article written or reviewed by:

Attorney Anthony Russo

Attorney Anthony Russo

Managing Partner and Lawyer at The Russo Firm

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