Survivors Of Traumatic Brain Injuries Face Three-Times Higher Risk Of Death
3 February 2014No Comments
A new study conducted by researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden indicates that survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may be three times more likely to die a premature death. The findings of the research, published on January 15 in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, raises serious concerns about the possible long-term effects of severe head injuries. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident or another type of accident in Texas, contact our knowledgeable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. Our law firm is located in Corpus Christi, and our attorneys have years of experience protecting the legal rights of brain injury victims throughout the state of Texas.
Traumatic Brain Injury Complications
A traumatic brain injury is a serious injury caused by a blow to the head that results in loss of consciousness for more than one hour, internal bleeding, skull fracture, or a combination of the three. According to the findings of the TBI study, which included data on more than 200,000 patients over the course of 41 years, individuals who suffered a traumatic brain injury were three times as likely to suffer a premature death. The researchers also found that the risk of death from causes like suicide, assault and injury were elevated in brain injury victims, with nearly half of those who died prematurely experiencing such violent causes of death. In addition, the average age of patients at the time of the initial head injury was 18, while the average age of death was 40.
Lasting Effects of Serious Head Injuries
Numerous studies in recent years have focused on the long-term effects of TBIs, and a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients who suffer traumatic brain injuries have a higher risk of struggling with depression. In fact, the research indicated that brain injury victims are an alarming eight times more likely to experience symptoms of depression than a person who did not suffer a TBI, which sheds some light on the adverse effects head injuries can have on the brain. A study published in November 2013 delved into this topic further, highlighting a connection between TBIs or concussions and permanent brain damage lasting long after all symptoms of the initial trauma have subsided.
Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers
In addition to brain damage and death, a number of other complications have been connected to traumatic brain injuries in recent years, including permanent brain atrophy (a loss of gray and white matter) and even Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, statistics show that 1.7 million Americans are hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries every year, many resulting from slip and fall accidents, sports injuries and motor vehicle collisions. If you have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury in Corpus Christi, or if you lost a loved one to a fatal head injury, consult our reputable attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or party found at-fault for the injury, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.