Traumatic Brain Injuries and Their Link to Dementia

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Their Link to Dementia

A serious head injury can irrevocably change the course of your life. Extensive research has been conducted globally and in the United States to study the link between traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and dementia. From the many studies done, it has emerged that people with TBI are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia in the years following the injury. In fact, a study has shown that there is a 2.3 times greater risk for adults with a history of moderate TBI of developing Alzheimer’s, and those with severe TBI are at 4.5 times greater risk. At the same time, it is important to remember that not everyone with a TBI suffers from dementia. 

What is TBI?

TBI often occurs due to a blow to the head. Degrees of a TBI vary from mild to moderate to severe. When a person gets a TBI, they often experience loss of consciousness, dizziness, or may feel disoriented depending on the degree of the injury. As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2.87 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths were reported due to TBI.

Causes of TBI

The most common cause of TBI is falls followed by car crashes. Both these causes are preventable following adequate safety measures. Some of the other causes could include construction accidents, medical negligence / surgical errors, etc. 

Treatment of TBI

Depending on the severity, treatment of TBI is often long-term and expensive. Any damage done to the brain is going to be expensive to treat and likely lead to a number of other expenses. A visit to the emergency department is enough to drain your savings in case of a severe TBI. Further, while the TBI may be treated with immediate medical care, there is no way to know its long-term implications, such as resultant dementia, which may show up even years after the TBI. 

Moreover, a TBI will do more than just incur financial expenses, however; it will also affect how you live and enjoy your life. It may hamper your ability to earn an income, enjoy your hobbies, or lead an independent and normal life you enjoyed before the TBI.

TBI due to someone’s negligence

While falls are common among older people due to deteriorated reflexes etc., quite a large number of falls-related TBI may also be caused due to negligence, such as no warning on a wet floor, lack of a railing, etc. Additionally, car crashes are often a result of negligence, such as speeding, drunk driving, etc. 

Whether you suffered a minor concussion or a loved one sustained serious brain damage that has left him or her comatose, if another party was responsible for the accident that caused it, you have a right to compensation. Hire a brain injury lawyer to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an elevator accident and need a winning law firm, contact Siler & Ingber today. Call us on 1-877-529-4343 or complete our online form on this page to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced brain injury lawyers. Our consultation is free and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.

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