Premature aging of brain a possible effect of head injury
Louisiana individuals who have traumatic brain injuries or loved ones with traumatic brain injuries may be interested to learn that those injuries may cause the brain to age prematurely. This was suggested in a study published in a medical journal in April.
Researchers examined the brain scans of 99 participants who had been injured in accidents or assaults in a time period ranging from one month to 46 years prior to the study and used a computer model to estimate the age of the brain. The injured brains were estimated to be about five years older than they actually were.
The injured brain scans were also compared to the brain scans of healthy people. The injured individuals all had neurological problems as a result of their injury, and researchers reported that they were also more likely to develop diseases such as Alzheimer’s. They also said that the computer model might be used to predict which patients might later develop problems.
As this study demonstrates, brain injuries can cause lifelong complications. Individuals who suffer from brain injuries that are the fault of another individual or entity may wish to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. It may be possible to obtain compensation in civil court that helps to pay for medical expenses and lost income. This may be the case whether the injury is the result of a slip-and-fall accident, a car accident or even an assault. For example, an individual who suffers a brain injury after an assault might be able to bring a civil case against the person responsible in addition to the criminal case against that person while a person who slips and falls at a place of business may be able to file a suit against the company.