For years, we've had an idea that a major concussion or severe head injury can lead to life-long adverse events. We see football players and crash victims suffering from long-term neurological disease. However, as it turns out, victims of seemingly lesser traumas (e.g., trips and falls) could also be at risk.
A new study out this year implies that we may have to be even more careful with our craniums. Research indicates that even mild concussions can increase our risk for dementia and Alzheimer's later in life. Why?
Simply put, our brains are soft. Our heads cushion our brains from our skulls with fluid. A hard enough jolt, or a jolt in the right place, can cause our brains to crash into that bone and bruise, even if we don't see external repercussions.
Mild Head Injuries, Increased Apparent Risks
Recently, the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia published the result of a study that tracked people's health outcomes over 25 years. In their data, the paper's authors discovered that even mild head injuries correlate with an increase in dementia risk. There's also a cumulative effect: More mild injuries, over time, increase a person's risk.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disorder that involves disordered neuron communication in our brains. Mechanical injury to our brains can cause Alzheimer's to progress. There are other types of dementia that can arise from brain injuries, including vascular dementia. This often happens after the blood supply to the brain pauses—another risk associated with mild head injuries.
How Can We Avoid Even Mild Head Injuries?
Experts note that there are some ways to safeguard ourselves against dementia triggers such as mild concussions, but sometimes the inciting issue is unavoidable. Surviving victims of auto crashes, young sports enthusiasts, and trip and fall victims may all be at heightened risk for these types of life-changing conditions.
The knowledge that mild brain injuries can lead to Alzheimer's or dementia is concerning. That's why, at Campson & Campson, we take cases like these seriously. Our experienced lawyers can help you determine if you have the basis to pursue life-changing compensation for ongoing medical treatment, therapy, pain and suffering, special education, and more.
Give us a call today to learn more about what we can do to help.