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Previous brain injury can cause later trauma

A senior adult with a medical history including traumatic brain injury is four times more likely to suffer re-injury at a later time, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. The study shows that adults more than 65 years of age who have suffered a previous traumatic brain injury that involved losing consciousness were 2.5 to 4.0 times more likely to experience a subsequent brain injury.

The study was limited to 4,255 people over the age of 65 who were not suffering from dementia. The subjects who experienced traumatic brain injury prior to age 25 had a greater chance of a future traumatic brain injury at the rate of 2.54 to one when compared to those without a history of traumatic brain injury. Those injured after the age of 55 were 3.79 times more likely to have a subsequent injury.

There was no noted associated with previous TBIs and later development of Alzheimer's or dementia. Patients with a recent traumatic brain injury were also 2.12 times more likely to die than those without a TBI.

A personal injury attorney can represent victims who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as the result of accidents caused by someone else's negligence. As the recent study shows, the effects of a traumatic brain injury can be life-long and serious, even if the victim does not suffer immediate ill health. Because traumatic brain injuries are so serious, it is very important for the victims to find sound legal counsel about their rights and how to recover damages for these types of injuries that will cover present and future medical costs.

Source: Monthly Prescribing Reference, "Prior brain injury linked to re-injury later in life," Jan. 3, 2013

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