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Personal injury involving the brain may increase dementia risk

Traumatic brain injuries can unfortunately take a toll on their victims physically, mentally, emotionally and financially in Montana and elsewhere. However, the effects of this type of personal injury are not limited to the current day. Research studies recently indicated that brain injuries -- even those that are mild -- can increase a person's chances of suffering from neurodegenerative disease long term.

A particular study analyzed more than 350,000 veterans, with half of them suffering from traumatic brain injuries. According to the researchers, those with mild traumatic brain injuries doubled their chances of developing dementia. Meanwhile, those with more severe brain injuries nearly quadrupled their risk.

It remains unclear whether the findings of the recent research on veterans can be generalized to civilians, too. After all, veterans might have other co-morbidities and risk factors that make them more susceptible to dementia. However, the data of the study spark concerns regarding the long-term impacts of brain injuries.

Brain injuries can quickly become life changing, preventing individuals in Montana from being able lead normal lives. In some cases, these types of injuries are the result of the carelessness of another individual. In such a situation, the victim has the right to file a personal injury claim against the other individual, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages. A successfully fought lawsuit, based upon a showing of negligence, might lead to a monetary damage award that may help with covering medical expenses, the loss of wages and other losses related to the incident that caused the brain injuries.

Source: alzforum.org, "Do Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Double the Risk of Dementia?", May 11, 2018

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