Why it’s important to contact a lawyer after a car accident if you believe you’ve had a traumatic brain injury View Larger Image

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can happen in many different ways. Whether you were involved in a car accident or you have been physically abused, you could be showing symptoms of a TBI and should seek help from a qualified brain injury lawyer.

TBIs are a common injury that are often missed when doctors are trying to save a patient’s life. While the intensity of a brain injuries can range from “mild” to “severe”, they both have the same short term effects that can identify a TBI. Some of the most common and lasting effects of any TBI include headaches, memory loss, anxiety, and depression. These changes in brain function can have dramatic impacts on social interactions, family, and even your job.

Most TBIs that happen are considered “mild”, but repeated TBIs could even be fatal or catastrophic. TBIs also cause increased risk for brain disorders in the future. The loss of a specific neuron that result from traumatic brain injuries can increase your risk for Parkinson’s disease. TBIs can also put you at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Sustaining a head injury when you are over the age of 55 can may further increase your risk of complications with traumatic brain injury. Long-term effects of TBIs are still being researched today. 

A recent study done by the University of Washington measures the long term risks that TBIs can have in relation to dementia. They conducted a study in Denmark using information about citizens available in national registries. They used these registration systems to choose a population of people over 50 who were analyzed on whether they had a TBI and how serious it might have been. Using the same registries, they gathered information about dementia. They then used this information to connect these types of injuries to dementia. After studying almost 2.8 million people who fit the criteria, they were able to determine that a history of TBIs led to an increased risk of dementia development. They compared data from people who had a history of TBIs, people without a history, and people with non-TBI trauma. 

A serious accident which could have resulted in a traumatic brain injury could have long-term risks. If you were recently involved in any type of accident that resulted in a TBI, contact a brain injury lawyer who is aware of the compensation that you could receive, along with assessing the short-term and long-term risks you face.

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