There is no question that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause a wide range of immediate and long-lasting side effects. Victims of auto accidents or slip-and-falls who sustain head trauma may suffer from concussion, memory loss, headaches and even physical and cognitive impairment for a short period of time, while others live with permanent disabilities. The aftermath of any brain injury will depend largely on the severity and location of the trauma.
A recent study in Jama Neurology found that TBIs may also be linked to severe memory loss and dementia, particularly in adults aged 55 years and older. Considering that roughly 60 percent of all brain trauma-related hospitalizations involve patients who are aged 55 and older, this discover could have significant implications.
Another study reported in Medical News Today found similar results in veterans. According to the study, about 16 percent of veterans who had suffered traumatic brain injuries also developed dementia compared to 10 percent who did not suffer any form of head trauma.
As research continues to improve our understanding of brain injuries, it is important to take every precaution against such accidents in the first place. It is strongly advised that older individuals and families take steps to prevent fall accidents around the home, such as installing hand rails near stairs and in showers, ensure better lighting in hallways and walkways, and make clear pathways where people frequently walk.
If you or someone you love has suffered brain trauma, it may be in your best interest to discuss your legal options. You may be eligible to receive financial support for your immediate and future needs. Contact the Woodland Hills personal injury lawyers at Kahn Roven to learn more.