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Head Injuries Through The Seasons Of Life

Head Injuries Through The Seasons Of Life

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Traumatic brain injuries can happen to any person at any place and at any time. In fact, over 1.7 million Americans sustain a TBI every year, and about 80 percent of them are rushed to the emergency room straightaway.

But although attitudes are improving as knowledge increases, TBIs are still often misunderstood or misdiagnosed. The initial symptoms, such as disorientation and a partial or total loss of consciousness, are often dismissed as shock from the accident or other event. Many victims are only properly treated after a few hours or days, and the initial symptoms have given way to tinnitus (ringing in the ears), chronic headaches, sleeplessness, and personality changes.

TBIs are permanent, because unlike skin or bone tissue, dead brain cells do not regenerate. However, after aggressive medical treatment and long-term physical therapy, healthy parts of the brain often eventually learn to assume the lost functions.

TBIs and Children

Playground falls are one of the most common TBI causes in this age group, and almost 97 percent of these young victims receive little or no hospital care. Equipment built on a hard surface – like the ground or asphalt – is especially dangerous, especially if children use swings or monkey bars. Researchers also theorize that more head injury awareness, and more playground time, may account for the increase in playground-related TBIs.

Scientists now believe that the brain continues to develop until people are in their 20s, and any injury that occurs during this period is potentially serious, particularly to young children whose bone mass is not yet fully developed either.

Young Adults

Doctors are not sure why sudden loud noises, like explosive blasts, cause brain injuries. Yet so many veterans sustain TBIs during combat that many practitioners now call brain injuries the signature wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Researchers have theorized that such sounds create shock waves that significantly disrupt brain functions.

Other researchers have discovered that exposure to combat stress erodes the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that regulates logic and reasoning. When the amygdala gets weaker, the prefrontal cortex, which houses some of our baser instincts, gets stronger. To understand the relationship between the two, many people refer to the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala as the brain’s horse and rider.

Middle-Age Adults

Motor vehicle crashes cause TBIs in every age group. Most of these injuries occur during the second impact in a motor vehicle crash. Even though the vehicle stops suddenly, persons and objects inside the vehicle keep moving at the same speed as before until they strike solid objects. So, passengers slam into the dashboards or windows, and small objects inside the vehicle, like cellphones, effectively become high-speed projectiles.

Older Adults

2.8 million Americans over 65 fall each year, and about one in five of these people suffer a serious injury, like broken bones and/or a TBI. Furthermore, previous fall victims are twice as likely to suffer another fall. Somewhat ironically, falls are also a major issue among children. At that age group, victims are also likely to run into the corner of a table or into a glass door, and serious TBIs are not unusual in these circumstances.

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For prompt assistance with a TBI or other negligence claim, contact an aggressive personal injury attorney in Indianapolis from Holland & Holland today, because you have a limited amount of time to act.

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