Increase of Dementia in Patients Suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury
Unlike a physical injury, like a broken bone, brain injuries are not obvious to most people. Often, a brain injury can only be seen through the effects it has on a person. The symptoms of a brain injury manifests through changes to a person’s speech or behavior, their ability to think and remember, and completion of simple or complex tasks. Brain injuries are devastating, life changing, and far reaching. The attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP are experienced brain injury litigators and would be privileged to help you with your legal matters!
Each year, roughly 50 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a TBI as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Leading causes of TBI’s include falls, car wrecks, and workplace injuries, including those from falling objects at construction sites, drilling rigs, and offshore platforms. Approximately 50 million people experience a TBI each year.
Recent Study from The Lancet Psychiatry
In a recent study of nearly 2.8 million patients, researchers found that a person with a severe traumatic brain injury was 35 percent more likely to have to suffer from dementia later in life. In fact, a single mild traumatic brain injury, including a concussion, increased the risk of dementia later in life to 17 percent. More than 47 million people suffer from dementia worldwide.
That same study found people who suffer traumatic brain injuries in their 20’s are 60 percent more at risk of suffering from dementia in their 50’s.
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If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, call the brain injury attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP. We understand the devastating emotional and physical challenges brain injuries can have on individuals and their families. Our attorneys are dedicated to representing brain injury victims and their families.
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