New Research Indicates Brain Injuries Increase the Chance of Early Death

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.

Comparing an injured brain with a healthy one

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.

The link between brain injuries and premature death

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:

  •  Is based on data collected from 218,300 people from Sweden who were born after 1954.
  • Studied subjects that had suffered from a brain injury between the years of 1969 and 2009.
  • Looked at the death rate for these people six months or more following the injury.
  • Compared their findings with the general population.
  • Studied the siblings of the subjects that suffered from brain injuries as well.

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.