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Can a head injury lead to future medical issues?

A serious blow to the head during a car accident is likely to result in a severe traumatic brain injury, or TBI, which is a brain injury that could still be present even if an accident victim is not bleeding or did not lose consciousness. Moreover, a brain injury is likely to cause issues over time, causing the injured victim to develop more symptoms as times passes. It is important to be aware of the short-term and long-term issues associated with a head trauma.

Can a head injury in a car accident lead to future medical issues? According to recent studies, researchers have found a link between victims of a serious head injury and an increased risk of dementia later in life. Researchers have discovered that a blow to a head, such as those suffered in a car accident, triggers a biological process in the brain that can carry on in the background for years.

According to the study, researchers found that protein clumps are often still present in the brain more than a decade after the head injury occurred. They found that the amount of these protein clumps was related to the amount of damage incurred during the initial injury.

It was noted that many victims of TBIs do not feel the effects of the injury after they recover. This occurs because the consequences of the injury and the complications caused by the injury are considered hidden disabilities. It can take several months or even years before the symptoms of a serious TBI appear. In some cases, a victim could appear as though they fully recovered, but then begin to have persistent problems that affect their memory and concentration later on.

Victims of a TBI most likely require immediate medical attention to address the medical concerns after the initial accident. However, it is important to note that many TBI suffers will likely require future medical care. This can mean future medical expenses, which could result in making the recovery process very costly. If another party was responsible for the accident that caused the head injury, it is important that victims understand that they may have legal recourses available to them.

Source:, "Can Head Injury Cause Dementia? Alzheimer's-Like Brain Plaques Seen In People With Past Traumatic Brain Injuries," Angela Lagulpo, Feb. 7, 2016

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