Brain Injury Risks After San Antonio Traffic Accident

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Dec 2014
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Injury to the brain can have a devastating affect on your health. A concussion, the most common type of brain injury, is considered by some to be a relatively minor injury. However, experts caution that even this type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take weeks to heal and can have lasting health effects. Repeated concussions or blows to the head can significantly increase the risk of major cognitive impairment.

A personal injury lawyer knows brain injuries frequently occur due to sports accidents; motor vehicle collisions and falls. People throughout San Antonio, Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Terrell Hills and surrounding areas need to be aware of the risks of brain injury, as well as the lasting consequences if they suffer a blow to the head. Those who are responsible for causing a brain injury need to be held accountable.

The Long-Term Impact of a Brain Injury

Recently, NBC News published an in-depth article about the long-term and severe consequences that are associated with a TBI. The article was prompted by the fact that an Ohio State University Football player who had suffered repeated concussions committed suicide. Suicide rates are higher among those with repeated brain injuries and a TBI may be linked not just to an increased risk of suicide but also to an increased risk of becoming dependent upon drugs or alcohol.

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury will manifest immediately after the blow to the head, and differ depending upon the individual. Even a concussion causes a mini-seizure to occur, after which the brain shuts down to try to heal. The healing process can take several weeks. The immediate symptoms that are associated with a mild TBI usually include confusion and memory problems. Amnesia may also occur.

When multiple head traumas are sustained, a person will also experience lasting consequences. For example, a person who has suffered multiple concussions or a series of blows to the head has an increased chance of developing Parkinson’s disease, dementia, post-concussion syndrome and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

CTE causes symptoms that are close to those caused by Lou Gehrig’s disease while post-concussion syndrome generally manifests as dizziness and concentration difficulties. Behavioral changes and cognitive impairment can be both a short-term and long-term effect of suffering a brain injury.

It is difficult to know whether a particular blow to the head is going to cause long-term consequences. There are also no real effective treatments that can prevent these consequences from occurring after a blow to the head happens. Patients, however, are increasingly seeking treatment due to TBIs. This is occurring in part because of more awareness of the dangers of head injuries due to high-profile lawsuits brought by football players against the National Football League. In just the past four years alone, there has been a 29 percent increase in people going to the ER to get treatment for a brain injury. Seniors and toddlers are the age groups most likely to experience this type of injury, but everyone is vulnerable to getting badly hurt due to a blow to the head.

Contact a San Antonio accident lawyer at the Herrera Law Firm. Call 800-455-1054 or visit http://www.herreralaw.com for a free case consultation. Serving San Antonio, Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Terrell Hills and surrounding areas.

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