Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Long-Term Conditions

It’s bad enough that a traumatic brain injury can cause numerous disabilities, but unfortunately, this injury can also ultimately lead to long-term medical conditions.  These conditions include Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Studies have shown that there could be a link between the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life and suffering a head injury in early adulthood.  Researchers believe that there is evidence that shows that a brain injury may interact with other elements to trigger Alzheimer’s.  It has also been suggested that head injury can bring on the disease more quickly for people who are already at risk. Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and is characterized by memory loss, dementia and impaired cognitive abilities.  

Parkinson’s Disease
A traumatic brain injury could eventually result in the development of Parkinson’s disease and other motor problems.  Parkinson’s disease may develop years after sustaining the head injury, resulting from damage to the basal ganglia.  People who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease may experience tremors, stiffness, slow movement, inability to move and stooped posture.

Dementia
According to medical experts, there are two types of dementia that may be linked to traumatic brain injuries, including dementia pugilistica and posttraumatic dementia.  Dementia pugilistica is also referred to as chronic traumatic encephalopathy and is caused by repetitive blows to the head.  Posttraumatic dementia is characterized by long-term memory difficulties and is the result of a severe traumatic brain injury.

If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury caused by negligence, such as in a car or truck accident, you may be able to pursue compensation.  Contact an experienced Orange County injury lawyer at Steinberg at (800) 989-6385.  We will be able to answer your questions and go over your legal options.  Our accident attorneys represent injured people in Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and Ventura County.
Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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