Traumatic Brain Injury and Parkinson’s disease: Even Mild Concussions can Aggravate Risks

brain injury, concussion, traumatic brain injuryEven a mild concussion can have effects that are serious enough to exacerbate a person’s risk of suffering Parkinson’s disease.

Those findings come from a study conducted on 300,000 veterans. Approximately 150,000 of these veterans had suffered a mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. The persons were monitored and tracked over a period of twelve years. At the end of the study period, the researchers found that suffering even a mild traumatic brain injury increased the risk of suffering Parkinson’s disease by as much as a staggering 56%. The risk was also high in the case of moderate and severe brain injury.

The authors of the study say that the results point to the need for increased monitoring and tracking of patients who suffer from traumatic brain injury, preferably for years after the injury.

A concussion is a mild brain injury that may or may not result in a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting sensation
  • Dizziness and loss of balance
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Slurred speech

 

Not every concussion will result in loss of consciousness. A person may suffer from the long-term effects of a concussion even without suffering any loss of consciousness.  Concussions can occur as a result of auto accidents, bicycle and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other forms of trauma. In fact, a concussion can occur even when there has been no trauma or direct jolt to the head.  For instance, when a person suffers a whiplash injury in which the head and neck are thrown back and forth at high-speed, there is a risk of suffering a concussion that has the potential to cause serious injuries.

Some types of concussions may be less severe, and may result in a loss of consciousness for just a few seconds. In the case of more serious types of concussions, symptoms can last for more than 15 minutes. Whatever the degree of the brain injury, it is always advisable to visit the nearest emergency room to be certain that the injury is not serious. Your doctor will also provide advice to help you reduce the long – lasting after effects of a concussion. The worst thing you can do, however, is to simply ignore any kind of concussion, and sleep over it.

Head injuries are often a result of the negligence of others. When an injury like this occurs, it is important to file a claim as quickly as possible. Your traumatic brain injury claim should also take into account all of the damages that you could qualify for.

If your loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, speak to an Indianapolis brain injury lawyer at our firm. Call to schedule an appointment, and determine if you have a legal basis for a claim.