In Winter Park, Orlando and surrounding areas, brain injury is among the most serious injuries that may result from a traffic collision. The top causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) include falls, motor vehicle collisions, sports accidents, and assault or violence. The dangers of brain injuries have become more well-known over the past several years as research has been done into the health consequences of trauma to the brain. A high-profile lawsuit that was filed by football players to hold the National Football League accountable for hiding the consequences of repeated brain injury has also helped to bring this issue into the headlines.
Just recently, the tragic death by suicide of an Ohio State football player is also raising questions about some of the surprising and far-reaching consequences of suffering repeated concussions. An Orlando personal injury lawyer knows that one of the risks of multiple blows to the head is an increased risk of suicide. NBC News reports that the young man's death may have been linked to his repeated head trauma. NBC has published a comprehensive article about brain injury to help alert the public to this danger of TBIs, as well as the other consequences of suffering head damage.
Brain Injuries Can Be Devastating To Long-Term Health
A concussion is the most common type of brain injury, but experts caution that a concussion should not be viewed as a mild injury. A concussion is essentially like a mini-seizure in the brain, after which the brain shuts down the affected parts in order for the body to work on repairing the damage. The immediate symptoms of a concussion can include things like confusion and amnesia. The process of healing from even a simple concussion can take several weeks. Even after the healing process has "completed," many people still have lingering changes that adversely affect their brains.
Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can occur due to jolts or bumps to the head and may be caused by both penetrating and non-penetrating head injury. Even a single concussion has health implications, but repeated concussions can make the risk to your long-term condition much worse.
Some of the many long-term adverse impacts on your health that can result from repeated concussions include:
- The increased risk of dementia.
- The increased risk of Parkinson's disease.
- Development of a medical condition called called chronic traumatic encephalopathy that causes symptoms similar to Lou Gehrig's disease.
- The development of a medical condition called post-concussion syndrome that reduces cognitive abilities; causes behavioral changes; and makes concentrating difficulty.
The more concussions or head trauma that is experienced, the greater the chance that these or other health issues will develop in the future. Behavioral changes, an increased risk of substance abuse, and an increased risk of suicide can also result from head trauma, which is why the tragic death of the Ohio State football player is being discussed as a warning about TBI risks.
With many more people aware of the dangers of trauma to the brain, there has been a 29 percent increase in people getting emergency room treatment due to head injuries over the past four years. Unfortunately, even the very best of treatment may be unable to reduce the damage done by a head injury.
Central Florida accident victims and families who lost loved ones can contact Orlando personal injury attorney Richard B. Troutman by calling 866-434-5770 or visit http://www.richardtroutman.com. Serving Orlando, Winter Park, FL and surrounding areas.