By: Allan M. Siegel
Traumatic brain injuries have the potential to impact victims for the rest
of their lives. While many people who suffer concussions and more serious
forms of brain injury see their symptoms decline over weeks or months,
others may struggle to make a full recovery and lead normal lives. According
to a newly published study, there are also concerns for brain injury victims
when it comes to their future risks of developing certain neurological
According to researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
and the University of Washington School of Medicine, brain injury victims
can face real risks as they age. Here’s more about the study:
- Researchers focused on analyzing data involving brain injuries with loss
of consciousness for 1 hour or less.
- Over 7,000 participants were studied, including more than 860 of whom had
reported brain injuries with loss of consciousness.
- Over the course of years, researchers noted no strong association between
loss of consciousness brain injuries and dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
- The study did suggest there was a strong association between brain injuries
and the progression of Parkinson’s disease, as well as Lewy bodies,
or unusual aggregates of protein in nerve cells, in various places of
- Researchers also suggest there is an association between head trauma and
cortical microinfarcts, which are microscopic strokes associated with
While the study is one of many to explore the long-term effects of brain
injuries, there is still much to be learned about the types of risks brain
injury victims face. Unfortunately, evaluating future risks is often complicated
by the fact that brain injuries can be unpredictable in how they affect
victims. Still, many studies do show links between brain injury and neurodegenerative
diseases. This was the hallmark of the notable NFL concussion settlement,
in which the league
explicitly acknowledged there is a clear link between head trauma, especially repetitive trauma,
and brain diseases such as CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Evaluating the future risks brain injury victims face is critical to their
health, and researchers throughout the world are continuing their efforts
to better understand the long-term impact of brain injuries. For victims
and families who suffer brain injuries in accidents that were not their
fault, understanding these risks is also important in ensuring they receive
the compensation needed for their future medical needs.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is available to help you
better understand your legal rights following a concussion or brain injury
experienced in a car accident, during sports, or any other incident.
Contact us for a free consultation.