New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Weighs in on Study that Links Traumatic Brain Injury to Increased Risk of Premature Death

A new JAMA Psychiatry study released in January shows that patients with traumatic brain injury have a heightened risk of premature death. According to a Journal of the American Medical Association's press release dated Jan. 15, brain injury victims are at increased risk for death from suicides, injuries and assaults.

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Statistics reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that each year, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries

New York, N.Y (PRWEB) February 07, 2014

A new 41-year study published in JAMA Psychiatry in January shows that those who have suffered traumatic brain injury face a higher risk of suffering a premature death, particularly from incidents such as suicides, accidents and assaults. According to a JAMA news release, researchers studied all patients born in 1954 or later in Sweden who were diagnosed with brain injury from 1969 to 2009. The study found that among 11,053 patients with premature death after traumatic brain injury, 2,378 or 21.5 percent died six months or later after diagnosis.

Researchers found an increased risk of dying among patients who survived six months after suffering a traumatic brain injury compared to those who did not suffer such an injury, the release states. In addition to risks such as suicide, injury and assault, brain injury patients, the study found, were also at risk for premature death if they had psychiatric or substance abuse conditions.

Statistics reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that each year, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. Traumatic brain injury is a contributing factor to a third or 30.5 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Also, about 75 percent of traumatic brain injuries that occur each year are concussions or other forms of "mild traumatic brain injury," CDC statistics show.

Traumatic brain injuries can cause significant emotional and financial hardships for patients and their families, says New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm.

"This comprehensive study provides new insight regarding the seriousness of the condition," he said. "The recent findings as well as CDC's data shows the effects these catastrophic injuries can have on victims and families."

Wilhelm says brain injury victims need all the resources and guidance they can get. "Patients need access to resources so they can get the treatment and rehabilitation they require in order to improve the quality of their lives. Medical and rehabilitation expenses can add up very quickly. So, it is also important that brain injury patients and their families have the necessary counsel and guidance to help understand their options."

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