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Head injuries could lead to dementia years later, research shows

| Mar 11, 2020 | Firm News |

The daily grind for many mothers and fathers in California includes a commute to work that may last an hour or it may simply involve dropping the children off at school and picking them up at the end of the day. While most days are uneventful in this regard, an unexpected car crash could not only put a halt to your daily routine — it could affect you and your children for longer than you think.

A common car crash injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A severe blow to the head that occurs when one vehicle collides with another can cause more than a mere headache. In fact, those who have suffered a concussion or TBI in a car accident are at a high risk for dementia even three decades after the incident occurred.

According to recent research, those who had a TBI were four to six times more apt to suffer from dementia compared to those who never suffered a TBI. While this risk did go down over time, the researchers found that those who suffered a TBI still had a higher risk of developing dementia even decades after the injury compared to those who never suffered a TBI.

This is important to understand not just from a health aspect, but also from a financial one. Dementia is a long-term illness and one that might not manifest itself immediately following a motor vehicle accident. This means TBIs suffered in auto accidents may be much more serious than initially feared. A dementia diagnosis is life-altering and means a person will likely need costly medical care and personal care for the rest of their life.

Thus, when a person is presented with an insurance settlement or a legal settlement following a car crash, they should think carefully about whether to accept it. Attorneys in Gold River understand that deciding whether to accept a settlement is not easy. They can help clients understand their legal options, so their clients can make informed decisions. Our firm’s website has more information on catastrophic injuries, including TBIs.

A settlement accepted too hastily may prove to be insufficient to cover the long-term costs associated with a car crash. Medical expenses, personal care expenses and pain and suffering may not be apparent right away. If you find yourself in a situation where you suffered a TBI following a car crash, it is important that you understand your rights when it comes to financial compensation following the accident.