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What are the long-term effects of a TBI?


With the fall season coming upon us quickly, parents in West Virginia and elsewhere are likely gearing up for their children to play in sports. And in some of these sports, there are some risks for some serious injuries. While helmets help protect children from a potential head injury, this does not always prevent a brain injury from occurring during a sports injury or even when a child or anyone else is involved in an accident. In any type of accident, a traumatic brain injury could have serious and even long lasting impacts.

What are the long-term effects of a TBI? Based on a recent study that focused on young victims suffering mild head trauma, it was discovered that these suffers were more likely to have serious issues later on in life. These issues include psychiatric problems as well as premature death.

In one research study, a traumatic brain injury sufferer who suffered the injury before the age of 25 was compared to the person's unaffected sibling. Researchers found that those who had head injuries were consistently more likely to die early and have problems functioning in the person's adult life.

Because roughly 1.7 million Americans suffer from a TBI each year, it is important to understand the long-term risks for sufferers of all ages. While this study signifies serious potential effects for young TBI sufferers, it is important to note that a brain injury could result in a wide variety of cognitive, physical and emotional problems. Therefore, it is important to understand the recourses available to those injured in an accident caused by another party.

A personal injury claim could help a brain injury victim recover compensation. This can help with the costs of medical bills, future medical expenses and other related damages arising from the accident.

Source: Webmd.com, "Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effect," Maureen Salamon, Aug. 24, 2016

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