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Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

The effects of a traumatic brain injury are likely life-altering. Unfortunately, the number of people who suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year is stunningly high. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.5 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year, 50,000 people die every year from a TBI and 85,000 people suffer from long-term disabilities. These numbers are hard to ignore. As Chicago brain injury lawyers, it’s important that we educate our audience about brain injuries and their causes.

Open & Closed Head Injuries

For open head injuries, think of injuries from bullet wounds or skull penetrations.  Closed head injuries occur from slip-and-fall incidents, motor vehicle crashes and other similar situations. Closed head injuries may cause focal damage and diffuse this damage to the brain’s axons.

Deceleration Injuries

This type of injury may occur when the skull quickly accelerates and decelerates, causing the brain to move internally. Because your skull and brain are different weights, they move at different speeds during an injury, causing axons to stretch and even tear.

Chemical or Toxic Injuries

These occur when harmful toxins and chemicals damage the neurons, such as insecticides, carbon monoxide poisoning, lead poisoning, etc.

Lack of Oxygen

Also called hypoxia. This type of injury may occur as a side effect from heart attacks, drops in blood pressure, respiratory failure and other related issues.


Such as cancerous brain tumors that cause direct damage or damage from the pressure effects.


If the special blood-brain protective system is breached, your brain may easily be prone to infections that can cause life-threatening illnesses and diseases.


Strokes occur when the blood flow is blocked through a cerebral vascular accident. As a result, there may be cell death in the deprived area.

Understanding the common causes of a traumatic brain injury is important in taking care of your body properly. If the TBI resulted as a result of an outside force, contact our Chicago brain injury lawyers today. We know the life changing effect brain injuries have and we want to make sure you receive the compensation and attention you deserve.