According to national statistics, there are more than two million people who suffer some type of brain injury every year. One of the main causes of brain injuries is vehicle accidents. While many people recover from their injuries, there are also a great many that are left with serious long-term and permanent disabilities.
Brain Injury Issues in the Long-Term
Multiple studies have shown a wide array of issues that brain injury victims are left to deal with. These issues include chronic pain, cognitive difficulties, such as having a hard time concentrating and confusion, and issues with speech, vision, and sensory effects.
One major study found that brain injury victims also suffer from sleep disturbances and many of those victims have no idea they even have a problem. Researchers studied two groups of participants. The first group had sustained a brain injury for the first time. The second group had no history of any brain injuries.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University Hospital Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland. There were two groups of participants in the study. The first group was comprised of 31 people who had sustained
Each group reported on their own sleep behaviors, as well as any daytime sleepiness they felt. All participants were also monitored for a two-week period by using a wrist device. This device measured body movements. Each participant also spent one night in a sleep video lab where their brain activity, eye movements, heart rhythm, and muscle activity were measured. They were also tested for excessive daytime sleepiness.
When all the results were compared, the study team found that almost 70 percent of the group of TBI sufferers experienced issues with daytime sleepiness, while only 20 percent of the healthy group participants had issues. Yet the majority of the TBI group averaged eight hours of sleep per night, while the healthy group averaged seven hours of sleep per night.
An alarming factor that came out of the study was that TBI sufferers who suffered from daytime sleepiness did not realize their bodies were struggling with this issue. But medical research has found that long-term sleep disturbance issues can be dangerous for a person’s physical health, putting them at a higher risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, and weight gain. It is also dangerous for their cognizant health, increasing the chances of being involved in vehicle accidents, work injury, or any other activity which requires focus and attention.
Contact a Virginia Truck Accident Attorney
Brain injuries are one of the most common injuries that truck accident victims suffer. These injuries can be catastrophic to the victim’s future. Even a minor brain injury can leave the victim with long-term medical issues that can have an impact on their day-to-day life.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, or any other type of injury, in a truck accident, contact a Virginia truck accident attorney from Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn. Our firm has aggressively advocated for victims and their families for more than three decades and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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