Brain injuries are more common than many people in Nevada and elsewhere think. Individuals 40 and older are more susceptible to them.
How does a traumatic brain injury affect you?
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can cause a slew of problems. Even those that are mild can have serious effects such as memory loss, headaches and cognitive dysfunction. Most people suffer these injuries as a result of a car accident, fall, sports injuries or acts of violence. Falls are the most common reason for TBIs in people age 40 and up.
How common are traumatic brain injuries for older people?
People who are 40 and older are at the highest risk of suffering TBIs. The injury is also a lot more common than most people believe.
People who are most at risk for TBIs are white men. Individuals who drink and smoke are also at a greater risk of developing brain injuries at some point in their lives.
TBIs can lead to short-term or even long-term complications depending on the severity of the injury. If a person has a mild head injury that results in a concussion, they often have milder symptoms that clear up after a few weeks.
Moderate and severe TBIs can adversely the rest of a person’s life. It’s important for anyone who has experienced a blow or jolt to the head to seek immediate medical attention so that they can get prompt care. Treatment is the best way to prevent complications from a TBI.
Older individuals are more likely to have complications from TBIs. They are also more likely to be hospitalized or even die as a result of such injuries. Elderly individuals are often misdiagnosed when they have brain injuries due to the similarities of symptoms from other conditions like dementia.
TBIs are serious and can change your life. If you were injured due to someone else’s actions, you have options to hold them liable.