Living and coping with a brain injury can be challenging, but it’s something that many individuals in Orleans County and those throughout the rest of the country are forced to deal with. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur as the result of an isolated injury or along with others every year.
In order to truly understand what happens during a brain injury, it is important to realize the differences between a healthy brain and an injured one. Every person’s brain is made out of soft brain tissue with neurons that form tracts and routes throughout the brain that are enclosed and protected by the skull. The brain is the “control center” for the human body and controls things like metabolism, breathing, heart rate, body movements, personality and much more. In order for the brain to work like it should, all of the different components of the brain have to work together. Even just mild injury could harm the brain’s ability to function.
When the brain is injured, the neurons, or the portion of the brain that tells the body what to do, are affected. A brain injury can change the way a person deals with situations and their internal functions. These injuries can either be permanent or temporary depending on the person and the extent of their injuries.
Not only can a brain injury harm the regular functions of the brain, but a new study performed by researchers at Oxford University suggests that these injuries can also lead to earlier death. The study:
According to the researchers, the studied patients who were able to survive six months or longer following the brain injury were three times more likely to die early than others in the general population. Compared with their siblings, their chances of early death were higher by 2.6-fold. However, it is important to note that personality traits, such as impulsivity or being more likely to engage in risky activities may have also played a role in the results.
If you suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another, it is important that you speak with an attorney to find out what you can do to recover your rights to proper compensation.