Article published by : Max Health on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Category : Neurological Disorders

Untreated Traumatic Brain Injuries May Cause Mental Problems Later in Life

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1.7 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. And while physicians have long recognized that TBIs can cause problems in the short term, there is increasing evidence to suggest that they may cause life-long problems, as well.

Untreated Concussions Can Cause Significant Damage

Depending on their severity, traumatic brain injuries - such as concussions - can cause a variety of symptoms. It is not uncommon for those who have suffered a concussion to experience physical symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and poor coordination. In some cases, a person may also experience psychological symptoms, such as depression, personality changes, and problems with judgment.

According to several recent studies, if a TBI is left untreated, it can potentially cause severe complications even years after the initial injury. For example, a study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma examined 500 veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who suffered a traumatic brain injury during deployment. They discovered that both physical and psychological symptoms did not improve with time. Indeed, in some cases, symptoms even became worse.

Even Mild Concussions Can Cause Damage

It is easy to understand why a severe TBI - such as a concussion that results in long period of unconsciousness - would be cause for concern. Mild injuries are, however, just as dangerous. Because symptoms are difficult to spot, both patients and physicians have a tendency to overlook them. As a result, injured parties rush themselves back to activities where they can suffer yet another TBI. A second head injury, particularly those that occur before the brain has healed completely, carry a far greater risk of long-term complications.

No matter what the cause of the injury, those who suffer TBIs should be assessed by physicians trained in how to recognize the effects of brain injuries.

A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information, contact an attorney today.

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