Brain Injuries Causes, Prevention, and Treatments
How to Deal with Common Causes of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries may occur due to a wide variety of reasons. Common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents,
- Physical violence,
- Gun shots, or
- Bomb blasts from military attacks.
Non-traumatic brain injury is classified as an illness that takes place within the body. It is not caused by physical impact. This includes:
- Heart attacks,
- Neurological illness,
- Strangling, or
- Illegal drug abuse.
Follow these tips to avoid your chances of getting a brain injury.
- Do not take illegal drugs. It is dangerous to intoxicate yourself with harmful drugs that can impact the way your body operates. Not only will these drugs damage your brain, but you may also get yourself into a bad situation that could result in your brain being injured by a physical impact or object.
- Do not drink alcohol without moderation. It is dangerous to drink and drive. Lack of clear vision and intoxication may result in a collision. Make sure that you do not consume any alcoholic drinks before operating a vehicle. You will not only increase chances of a head injury to yourself, but to others, as well.
- Wear your seat belt when you are driving. This will reduce the changes of any severe or fatal injuries by 50 percent.
- Do not text and drive. It is important to put your full attention on the road. Any distractions, such as texting, will make you unaware of what is around you. This will increase the chances of you getting into a collision with a vehicle, pedestrian, or even an animal. Results may be fatal depending on the level of impact.
- Wear helmets when necessary for sporting activities. This will help protect your head from sustaining moderate to severe injuries when playing sports, such as riding a bike, skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, baseball, or softball.
- Install fall prevention equipment at home. This could include:
- Putting in window guards to avoid having any fallouts when the windows are open.
- Have safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs for children.
- Having mats placed in the bathroom to avoid slip and falls when getting out of the shower.
Individuals who experience moderate to severe levels of brain injury must get immediate medical attention. A doctor’s diagnosis will make it easier for the individual to figure out how they should properly take care of themselves. Neurological exams are commonly used to reach a neuropsychological assessment.
To prevent any chances of an individual enduring further injury, doctors will stabilize them. This will help the patient have proper blood or oxygen flow, along with having their blood pressure under control. Patients may be directed to different types of therapy depending on the circumstances they are going through. This includes:
- Physical therapy,
- Occupational therapy,
- Speech therapy, or
- Language therapy.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of an individual’s negligent acts, you have the right to file a claim for damages or losses you endured. West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced brain injury attorneys that are committed to getting you maximum compensation for medical care and damages.