The injuries sustained in truck accidents are often serious or catastrophic. One of the most common is brain injuries. Many brain injury victims require long-term recovery or are left with permanent disabilities. But even once a victim has fully recovered, multiple studies have concluded that there are other health issues that the brain injury could contribute to years later. One of the most recent studies found that even one brain injury could increase the victim’s risk of developing dementia decades after the original injury.
The study was conducted by researchers from Imperial College London. Using a new positron emission tomography (PET) imaging technique, researchers examined the biochemistry of 21 participants, both men and women, who had suffered one brain injury when they were between the ages of 18 and 35 years of age. The researchers took those results and compared them to the biochemistry of 11 people with no history of brain injury and who had similar demographics and education of the participant group.
The results showed that the brain injury group were much more likely to have the protein tau in their brains than the control group. The medical community has determined that tau build-up is a critical indicator of brain damage that will most likely be followed by some form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
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According to the study, just one moderate or severe brain injury is enough that could result in dementia in the victim’s later years. The researchers found that this brain damage could be caused by one single severe injury or repeated exposure to minor brain injuries, such as multiple concussions often suffered by athletes like football and hockey players. This condition is called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people, especially athletes, who’ve had a history of repetitive brain trauma. Victims with CTS suffer from confusion, memory loss, depression, aggression, impaired judgment, issues with impulse control, suicidal thoughts, and progressive dementia. This study appears to reaffirm what the medical community has already discovered about CTE.
Our firm has reported on many studies that have linked brain injuries to serious issues later on in life, including one study which found a link between prior brain injuries, including minor ones, and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease later on.
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A brain injury is often a long-term or permanent injury requiring rehabilitative care. The financial costs of caring for a brain injury victim can be overwhelming. As the above study shows, even minor brain injuries can have a major impact on the victim’s life. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury in a trucking accident as a result of another party’s negligence or reckless actions, contact a Virginia truck accident attorney for a free and confidential consultation to find out how our legal team may be able to help.