Traumatic brain injuries affect a surprising number of people in Montana and across the United States each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are at least 138 deaths involving brain injuries throughout the country each day, and at least 1.7 million injuries every year. People who have been involved in a serious car accident, slip-and-fall incident or an accident at work may have received a traumatic brain injury. In some cases, injured victims may not be aware that they have a brain injury, as some TBIs can go undetected for several days or weeks after the incident occurred.
Falls, including slip-and-fall incidents and falls that occur at the workplace, are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, as reported by the CDC. These types of TBIs account for at least 40 percent of the injuries that occur each year. Automobile collisions, truck accidents and other motor vehicle accidents are the third-leading cause of TBIs each year. Furthermore, people may be struck by falling objects or injured in a violent encounter with another person.
Any event that causes the soft tissue of the brain to hit against the hard, interior portion of the skull can cause a brain injury, as reported by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Once this impact occurs, brain bleeding, inflammation and bruising can occur. Even mild brain injuries can cause a substantial amount of damage, depending on the area of injury and the force of impact. Although medical treatment cannot reverse the brain damage caused by a tragic event, immediate medical attention may help to prevent further brain damage from occurring.