Traumatic brain injury doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to people of any age, regardless of race, gender, or national origin. It’s often the result of auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, and slip-and-fall accidents, and it happens when something jars your head so that your brain hits the inside of your skull. Even sudden stops can cause TBI. it doesn’t take much to damage the delicate tissue of your brain.
But now there’s a new concern. Researchers at Oxford University, including Dr. Seena Fazel, found that patients are at a higher risk of premature death if they’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury.
TBI and the Risk of Premature Death
“After a traumatic brain injury, patients have a threefold increased risk of dying prematurely,” said Fazel. “50% of the early deaths are due to either accident, suicide, or being assaulted. That seems to be related to psychiatric illness and substance abuse.”
While that’s certainly unpleasant news, it’s important that you’re aware of the facts if you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury. That way, you can take the proper precautions and ensure that you stay safe, protecting yourself from what’s largely an avoidable premature death risk.
What to Do If You Suspect You Have a TBI
It’s important for you to see a doctor as soon as you suspect that you have a traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in your ears
If you’re being seen after a car accident, make sure to let your physician know that you may have a TBI. It’s important that it is diagnosed and treated right away, before more swelling can occur and cause even more serious consequences.
Talking to Your Lawyer about TBI
When you choose to file for compensation to help pay your extensive medical bills, make up for lost wages, or to help bring the person or company that injured you to justice, your lawyer needs to know about your traumatic brain injury diagnosis. She’ll be able to build the best strategy when she has all of the facts, and TBI is a very important component of many personal injury cases.