In our last post we discussed a form of traumatic brain injury called a concussion. Concussions are the most common types of brain injuries and often occur in athletes and car accident victims. More serious forms of traumatic brain injury have been extensively studied in veteran populations. One recent study presented at the American Headache Society indicates that a traumatic brain injury can create longstanding problems that do not decrease in severity for years.
Common problems associated with traumatic brain injury include:
- Judgment problems
- Memory issues
- Coordination problems
In a study of veterans who had combat-related brain injuries, researchers found that over half of veterans reported experiencing severe headaches even five years after sustaining their traumatic brain injuries.
“What this says is we’re not seeing recovery in veterans with these head injuries,” said one of the lead authors of the study. “In fact, there is a tendency that things are getting just a little worse.”
The study into veteran brain injuries is significant for car accident victims and athletes who suffer head trauma as well. Researchers are beginning to associate serious problems with brain injuries that may influence the outcome of civil litigation associated with crashes in Chicago. Awards for personal injury victims may include amounts that go beyond the initial medical care associated with a brain injury and expand to work and social difficulties associated that many brain injury victims will likely face.