Do women recover from TBIs the same way men do?

On Behalf of | Oct 29, 2021 | Serious injuries |

Those who have the misfortune of being involved in a car crash in Hartford may wind up with a traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury can be long-lasting and can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life including their physical health, mental health, job and relationships with others. One recent report alleges that women who suffer a TBI have a more difficult recovery than men who suffer a TBI.

What is a TBI?

A TBI occurs when a person suffers a violent hit or jolt to the head. This can cause bruising, torn tissue and bleeding. Some effects of a TBI are immediately apparent, but other times the effects of a TBI take days or weeks to manifest themselves. Motor vehicle accidents are common causes of a TBI. A severe TBI can cause loss of consciousness, persistent headaches, seizures, loss of coordination, profound confusion and unusual behavior.

Do women have a tougher time recovering from a TBI than men?

One study reports women have a more difficult time recovering from a TBI than men do. While 15% of TBIs are experienced by women, most studies on TBIs focus only on men. According to the study, women with severe TBIs experienced a greater amount of depression, substance abuse, vertigo, post-traumatic stress disorder and memory issues than men who experienced a TBI. Researchers claim women who sustain multiple TBIs have more memory challenges than men in similar situations. The researchers report that women have experience a greater thinning of the cortex compared to men, which could lead to different post-TBI symptoms compared to men. This is despite women having a thicker cortex compared to men under healthy conditions. However, it is too soon to tell definitively how cortical thinning affects a person’s behavior and brain health.

You have options following a car crash TBI

If you experienced a car crash that led to a TBI, you may be facing many damages including medical expenses, lost injuries and pain and suffering. Some people in this situation choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. A successful personal injury claim can help you obtain the financial resources you need to become whole again.