We have long known that a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or an intracranial injury, can cause agonizing symptoms in the victim. Some of those symptoms may include confusion and persistent headaches, among others. In very severe cases, a victim might experience a period of unconsciousness, amnesia, coma, disability, and fatality.
These can be quite traumatic, but recent research indicates yet another possible debilitating effect of a TBI – dementia. The new research, which took place in Finland, suggests that a TBI could dramatically increase the risk of developing dementia later in life, especially if the victim is middle-aged.
A TBI is usually caused by a sudden, violent blow or jolt to the head, which can result in bruising of the brain, tearing of the nerve fibers, and bleeding. The damage can range from mild to severe, depending on the part of the brain that is affected, the location of the injury, and the degree of damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the main causes of TBI are:
Motor vehicle accidents
Struck by/against incidents
AssaultsAlthough no absolute link can be made between a TBI and dementia, the findings are a concern for victims. If you or someone you love has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, including a concussion, due to another’s negligence, please call the New Jersey brain injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777- 0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. We can help your loved one get appropriate care and compensation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, and we serve clients throughout New Jersey.