Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP

Traumatic brain injuries may have long-term effects

There is an extremely wide range of injuries that may happen during a motor vehicle accident, from minor bruises to traumatic brain injuries. California residents who experience TBI may have different symptoms depending on the severity of the injury. While physical signs of a car accident may fade fairly quickly, a TBI could affect a patient for years to come.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBI accounts for a high number of deaths and disabilities in the United States. The statistics from 2014 indicate that there were approximately 2.87 million hospitalizations, emergency department visits and deaths that were TBI-related. Motor vehicle accidents were the most frequent cause of hospitalizations for TBI among people between the ages of 15 and 44. Traumatic brain injuries usually come from a blow or jolt to the head, and they may vary in severity. The most common form of mild TBI is a concussion. Severe TBI may include long periods of unconsciousness and lead to memory loss.

There are potential long-term consequences and neurological outcomes of TBI incidents. The National Center for Biotechnology Information indicates that a better understanding of the long-term consequences of TBI may lead to improved treatments. Behavioral studies show that some TBI consequences are progressive, causing cognitive and motor issues for prolonged periods of time.

Some long-term results of TBI include sleep disorders, seizures, psychiatric issues and neurodegenerative diseases. Examples of neurodegenerative diseases are Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Experiencing a TBI may increase an individual's risk factor of developing one of these diseases in later years. In some severe cases, TBI may lead to progressive brain atrophy. A better understanding of the progressive nature of TBI and the different biological mechanisms it affects may help medical professionals improve the efficacy of therapeutic treatments.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us Today

Schedule a free consultation with a skilled attorney on our team by calling 415-421-7995. You can also share your story with by email:

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy