Traumatic Brain Injury Common Risk FactorsYour brain is well protected within your skull. For example, fluid surrounds your brain that cushions it from ever making contact with the hard inside of the skull. However, a jarring blow to your body or head can cause your brain to move around, which increases the chance of a traumatic contact between skull and brain. Although anyone can suffer a brain injury, there are certain risk factors of which you should be aware.
Men are Twice as at Risk as Women For Brain InjuriesThe reasons men are twice as likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury are unclear. However, behavior and risk-taking probably play a role. Younger men, in particular, engage in riskier behavior than women, so it shouldn't be surprising that they suffer more brain injuries.
The Young and Elderly Are at Greater Risk For Brain InjuryAge is also a risk factor, with the following age groups having an above-average risk:
- Children aged five or younger
- People aged 15 to 24
- Senior citizens aged 75 or older
Alcohol Use Increases Risk of a Brain InjuryAlcohol use has been associated with about 50% of all brain injuries. Alcohol might be used by either the victim or the person who causes the injury. Alcohol use might also be one reason that young adults are at an increased risk of brain injuries. Certainly, alcohol use increases the risk of an automobile or motorcycle accident since alcohol slows down reflexes and thought processes. In 2015, 10,265 people died in a crash with a driver impaired by alcohol. Furthermore, over 25% of motorcyclists killed in a crash had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher.
Playing Certain Sports Increases Risk of a Brain InjuryAmerican football has been in the news lately because of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a degenerative disease with dementia-like symptoms. Over a dozen former NFL players have been diagnosed with the disease after their deaths. Even if a player never makes it to the professional leagues, they can still suffer more than 8,000 hits to the head during four years of high school football. However, any contact sport can increase the risk of brain injury. For example, contact occurs frequently in soccer, where participants can suffer a blow from a rough tackle, from colliding with another player, or from even heading the ball. Non-contact sports like tennis and golf do not carry elevated risk, but other sports like basketball and ice hockey do.
How to Reduce Your risk of Suffering a Brain InjuryRisks factors are things associated with an increased likelihood of a brain injury. They do not guarantee that you will suffer a brain injury. Indeed, you can reduce your chances of suffering a dangerous brain injury by taking some common-sense precautions:
- Don't drink and drive. Instead, choose a designated driver if you go out drinking, or take a cab home.
- Wear a seatbelt inside a car and a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
- If you or a child plays sports, insist that the refs enforce the rules against rough play and encourage your child to sit out of a game if they need time to recover from a knock to the head.
- Encourage your children to participate in no-contact sports or increase the age when children can participate in contact sports.
- Install clasp bars for the elderly which they can grab for extra stability when getting into a bathtub or when moving around their homes.
Seek Immediate Medical Treatment After Suffering a Brain InjuryIf you suffer a hard knock to your body or head, you should seek immediate medical treatment. Prompt medical attention can make the difference between a speedy recovery and lingering problems. Look for common symptoms after suffering a concussion or other traumatic brain injury:
- Passing out after the hit
- Headaches that only seem to get worse
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Changes in mood, such as increased restlessness
- Loss of balance or coordination
Speak with a Brain Injury LawyerConcussions and other brain injuries are serious and can cause lasting harm to victims. Some brain injuries are self-inflicted when risky behavior leads to tragedy. But other injuries are caused by other people who are careless or reckless, and victims can receive financial compensation for their injuries. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we carefully assess every case that comes through the door. Our Brain injury attorneys are experienced at identifying if someone else is to blame for your brain injury and the amount of compensation that might be available. Contact us today at 727-853-6275 or fill out our online contact form. Consultations are free. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 5435 Main Street New Port Richey, FL 34652 (727) 477-9660