Accidents causing traumatic brain injury (TBI) affect millions of Americans each year. The CDC estimates that nearly 57,000 people die every year from the injuries, and many more are forever affected.
People in hazardous occupations are at a higher risk of TBIs, particularly among military combat veterans. Other industries, like construction and manufacturing, contribute significant numbers of TBIs from falls and moving objects. Still other causes include car wrecks and assaults.
The long-term impacts can be enduring
Several studies have recently detected a link between traumatic brain injuries and the onset of dementia, showing a marked increase in the risk factor for developing the disease.
Veterans have one of the highest occupational risks of enduring TBIs, but the studies found that TBI rates were similar among veterans and civilians who’ve had such a head injury.
This means that people who’ve experienced severe damage to the brain in accidents at work, home, and on the roads have a similar chance of developing dementia. Even people whose head injuries included concussions that didn’t knock them unconscious experienced a greater risk.
If you experience head injuries, it’s important to recognize the signs of TBI:
- Memory loss
- Concentration problems
- Odd sensory effects
- Depression & anxiety
- Mood swings
There are numerous other symptoms to look out for. If you’ve been in an accident or otherwise injured and experience a blow to the head followed by any abnormal cognitive or physical symptoms, seek treatment.
After prioritizing medical treatment, an attorney can help you determine what your next course of action is and assist you as you seek justice for your potentially life-altering injury.