Concussion and Brain Damage
Written by Faith Anderson on March 17, 2013
Possible Long-Term Effects of Mild Head Trauma
The study authors published their findings in the journal Radiology, and indicated that, during a one-year followup to the initial concussion, 19 patients exhibited post-traumatic symptoms following the brain injury. More specifically, patients who suffered concussions experienced a loss of gray and white brain matter, indicative of brain atrophy, one year later. Although the brain changes were not evident during routine clinical imaging, structural injury to the brain was apparent following the mild traumatic brain injuries, and researchers speculated that the changes in brain structure may be the direct cause of long-term symptoms. Common symptoms associated with concussions includes headaches, loss of consciousness, memory loss, dizziness, depression, problems with attention, confused behavior, nausea and anxiety, which can last for months and sometimes even years.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You File a Claim
Significant attention has been paid to traumatic brain injuries recently, particularly those affecting long-time football players in the NFL. In most recent news, the adverse effects of head trauma have been highlighted following the suicides of several high-profile athletes and research linking repetitive head trauma to an increased risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), or permanent brain damage. Mounting research has drawn connections between head injuries and devastating side effects, and, in a recent study, researchers discovered that a second blow to the head following an initial injury can cause major side effects and possibly even death. If you have sustained a serious head injury in a car accident, slip and fall, or another type of accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills. Our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can put you in touch with a qualified lawyer in your area, with whom you can discuss your possible compensation options.