In this day and age, it is not uncommon to hear about professional athletes, children, and older adults sustaining a head injury while playing sports, while engaging in outdoor activities, or in an accident or fall. CNN recently reported on an incident where a high school student tragically died after sustaining blunt force head injury in what should have been a routine day of play. Many people are not aware that even mild brain injuries can prove fatal, or have long-lasting physical and mental consequences. Not every person sustaining a concussion or mild brain injury can fully recover from the injury, despite being given proper medical treatment and care. For some, the potential for long-term neurological damage is significant, yet is often overlooked.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Its Relation to Mild TBIs
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the latent, long-term effects of concussions and repeated head trauma, particularly sports-related head injuries, is a neuro-degeneration known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Individuals who suffer mild brain injuries have been known to develop CTE gradually over time, and eventually exhibit signs of the condition, including:
- Memory difficulties and loss
- Behavior problems
- Personality issues (depression, irritability, apathy)
- Suicidal tendencies
- Reduced motor function
- Cognitive abnormalities
What is even more frightening is the prevalence of CTE among professional, semi-professional, college and high school football players. PBS recently reported that Department of Veteran Affairs and Boston University researchers identified CTE in the brain tissue of 131 out of 165 deceased players. In total, 96 percent of all NFL players examined, and 79 percent of all football players examined were found to have CTE.
TBI Costs Related With Long-Term Care
In addition to the physical, psychological and emotional effects associated with mild concussions and more serious traumatic brain injuries, many of these injuries are costly, both financially and personally. Medical treatments, surgeries, rehabilitation, counseling, medication, in-home care, and equipment are some of the expenses often incurred following a concussion or TBI. As an individual who has suffered a brain trauma, particularly an injury caused by another person’s negligence, you may have the right to seek damages in an insurance claim or by filing a lawsuit in civil court. The damages sought must address all costs, including medical bills, as well as the financial losses associated with long-term, latent physical damage caused by CTE that are likely to arise as time passes.
Contact an Indianapolis Brain Injury Attorney for Help
If you have a family member or loved one who has suffered a brain injury, and you are worried about the long-term impact it may have on quality of life, do not hesitate to contact Jacobs Law at once. We understand how even mild brain injuries can have lasting effects, many of which will require ongoing treatment and care, and greatly impact the victim’s quality of life. Our skilled Indianapolis brain injury attorney is prepared to review your case, and advise you of your legal right to compensation, and the potential value of your case. Call now.