Brain injuries can affect residents of Warren, Sterling Heights and throughout Detroit after an auto accident, fall or other incident causes trauma to the head. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows brain injury is one of the most serious injuries you can suffer. This type of injury can have long-term health consequences that are frequently debilitating.
After the suicide of an Ohio State University football player that was potentially linked to repeated head trauma, NBC News published an in-depth look at the affects of brain injury. The information contained within the article is an important reminder of the far-reaching and lasting consequences of trauma to the brain. Victims need to be aware of potential health implications of a brain injury.
The Lasting Effects of a Brain Injury
Any type of bump, blow or jolt to the head can cause a brain injury, including both blunt and penetrating trauma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 35.2 percent of traumatic brain injuries occur because of falls. Falls are the leading cause of TBI. Motor vehicle crashes are the second most common reason for a brain injury, and cause 17.3 percent of these types of injuries. The remaining top causes of trauma to the head include violence; sports and unknown causes.
The most mild type of brain injury is a concussion, which essentially causes the brain to experience a mini-seizure. Experts caution that even a concussion is still a severe injury. After the mini-seizure, the brain will shut down to try to repair the damage that occurred. This process can take several weeks to occur. More major brain injuries can result in death.
Immediate symptoms of a brain injury can include amnesia and confusion. When repeated blows to the head occur, ongoing health issues are likely. Some of the different lasting health problems that can result from a series of brain injuries include:
- Post-concussion syndrome, which results in headaches, difficulty concentrating and dizziness
- Parkinson's Disease
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which results in symptoms resembling Lou Gehrig's disease
Behavioral changes and cognitive decline are also common after-effects of a brain injury, and patients can also experience marked changes in behavior. It is common for long-term brain injury sufferers to have a hard time maintaining relationships. Many turn to substance abuse and some commit suicide.
Awareness of brain injuries has increased in recent years, in large part because of high profile lawsuits by former National Football League (NFL) players alleging that the league hid the risks of concussion from them. There has been a 29 percent increase in people seeking treatment at emergency rooms over just the past four years alone. Young children and senior citizens are generally at the highest risk of suffering from a brain injury.
Stories like the one published by NBC will draw more attention to this problem and hopefully help to encourage better prevention efforts so more people can be spared the long-term health consequences of a blow to the brain.
A Detroit accident lawyer can help victims in the city and surrounding suburbs including Warren and Sterling Heights. Contact Fraser & Souweidane P.C. at (866) 465-9095 or visit http://www.fsattorneys.com to schedule a free consultation