January 8, 2012

With the number of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) that are being reported to health care professionals growing each year, researchers are beginning to look at what the long-term effects of these injuries could be.

While many studies have shown Dementia being linked to TBIs in the past, a story from the Courier-Journal explained a new study has collected data and information to the contrary. The article went on to explain that over a 16-year period, researchers examined the cases of more than 4,000 adults who had sustained a TBI in the past. They concluded that while a TBI may not increase the chances of developing Dementia later in life, the injury does in fact put the victim at risk of other hazards.

Data showed that those who sustained a Brain Injury had a higher rate of death resulting from any cause in the years following the injury. Also, those who sustain a TBI are at a higher risk of suffering a re-injury later in life.

Author of the research and assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Kristen Dams-O’Connor, these risks should prompt TBI victims to diligently work to prevent another injury, while doctors of TBI patients should watch for health problems associated with the injuries.

The Austin Personal Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury lawyers recognize the risks associated with this type of injury and are here to help if you, or a loved one, have sustained a TBI at no fault of your own.