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Risk Factors for Traumatic Brain Injury


A traumatic brain injury is typically a result of a violent blow to the head. A TBI can also result from penetrating wounds such as a bullet, shrapnel, or sharp debris.

A mild TBI can temporarily affect the brain cells. However, more severe TBIs can result in torn tissues, bruising, bleeding, and other brain damage. These injuries can cause permanent complications or even death.

If you or a member of your family has suffered a severe brain injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for compensation. Our experienced injury lawyers can walk you through the process and help you get fair compensation for your damages. Call us for free, friendly advice at (916) 921-6400.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can have a wide range of physical and psychological effects. While some symptoms may appear immediately after the accident, others could appear days or weeks later.

The physical symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury may include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Problems with speech
  • Sleeping more than usual

The psychological symptoms may include:

  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Mood changes or mood swings
Common Causes of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Some common events that cause a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Car accidents
  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Violence
Risk Factors for Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries kill more Americans under the age of 34 than all other diseases combined. The people most at risk of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Children – newborns to 4-year-olds
  • Young adults – ages 15 and 24
  • Adults – ages 60 and older
  • Males in any age group
Apolipoprotein E GenotypeAdditionally, each year, there is evidence that a genetic component increases the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury. People with what’s known as an apolipoprotein E genotype can experience more severe brain injury effects from trauma and have a more difficult time recovering from the impact of a brain injury. You can visit Lab Tests Online for more information about testing for this genotype.

Brain Injury Lawyers in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento brain injury lawyer. We’ve been representing people with severe brain injuries since 1982. Please call us for free and friendly advice concerning your injury or an injury to a loved one. Call us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 3.15.21]

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