By: Allan M. Siegel
Research has shown that chronic head trauma can have catastrophic effects
on a person’s well-being, especially when experienced at a young
age. According to a recent study, one of the largest and most elaborate
to date, even a single concussion experienced in youth can have a lasting
impact on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout
life. Multiple head injuries can substantially increase risks of long-term problems.
The study, conducted by scientists from Oxford University and several other
universities, focused on how a concussion as a child or teenager can impact
health during adulthood. Researchers analyzed medical data spanning 40
years of people who experienced some type of head injury under the age of 25.
According to the study, youth with a single diagnosed concussion –
a mild traumatic brain injury – were:
- More likely to receive disability benefits as adults.
- More likely to have been treated by a mental health professional.
- Less likely than siblings to graduate from high school or attend college
- Twice as likely as siblings without head injuries to die at a younger age.
Researchers also noted that risks for long-term consequences increased
when a person experienced multiple concussions during childhood, or when
a brain injury was more severe. Evidence also suggests that outcomes for
patients were worse if a concussion occurred after the age of 15, as the
brain in early childhood is more resilient.
There has been a great deal of awareness about brain injuries raised in
recent years, and in turn more reported and diagnosed concussions. Unfortunately,
as this study shows, there is still a lot to be learned about the long-term
impact of childhood head injuries, which most often result from
sports injuries and
auto accidents, and how outcomes can be improved as a victim ages into adulthood.
Our firm has covered the subject of concussions and brain injuries a lot
in our blog. As
Preferred Attorneys for the DC Metro Area by the Brain Injury Association
of America, we have also successfully handled many cases involving victims and families
affected by head injuries. Ultimately, continued monitoring and treatment
is essential for victims, and proper standards in youth sports and other
risky endeavors are crucial to preventing youth from becoming victims
in the first place.
By fighting for victims who have suffered head injuries and concussions
due to the negligence of others, we help pursue the compensation they
need to pay for much-needed medical care, as well as other damages. Legal
action can also serve the purpose of holding negligent parties accountable
for their failures, thereby keeping others safe from similar harm and
raising awareness about the importance of preventing head injuries.
If you have questions about your rights following a
brain injury, contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a