New York, N.Y (PRWEB) August 19, 2014
The findings of a study posted July 16 in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, state that even mild traumatic brain injury can cause long-term brain damage, thinking and memory problems. According to the report, the study looked at 44 people who had suffered mild traumatic brain injuries and nine people with moderate traumatic brain injuries, comparing them with 33 people with no brain injuries.
Anyone who has suffered a head injury should get immediate medical attention and care, New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm said. "There are no minor head injuries. Just a concussion can have serious, long-term effects, if immediate attention is not given. Brain injury victims and their families should seek out the support they need during a time that can be challenging physically, emotionally and financially."
The report states researchers found was that even after one year, scans revealed that those with brain injuries had damage to the white matter, which consists of nerve axons and nerve cells that allow the brain cells to transmit messages to each other. The study also found that those who were injured scored 25 percent lower than those without injuries on verbal, memory and thinking skill tests.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, about 2.5 million emergency visits, hospitalizations or deaths were associated with traumatic brain injuries. The CDC also reports that TBI contributed to the deaths of more than 50,000 people and led to about 280,000 hospitalizations during that same year.
Brain injuries can be devastating not only for victims, but also their families, said Wilhelm, who represents those who have suffered brain injuries as a result of traumatic events such as car accidents, slip-fall-accidents or medical negligence. "Living with a brain injury, even a mild or moderate injury, can be a significant challenge for victims and their families. This recent study underscores the need to carefully evaluate such types of injuries. Please remember that even mild brain injuries including concussions can leave brain cells damaged and impair the individual's mental abilities."
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