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Traumatic Brain Injury May Increase Risk of Mental Health Problems in Women

| Apr 7, 2017 | Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has recently been connected to a slew of ongoing issues, including sleep problems, depression, and even a possible increased risk of Alzheimer’s. As more research is done, scientists are discovering more about the strange connection between TBI and other conditions. For example, one study recently revealed that women who have suffered a brain injury may be at an increased risk for mental health issues. What might this mean for your personal injury case? The following information explains.

Taking a Closer Look at the Study

Blast injuries, which are especially common among individuals in the military, have long been associated with an increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Even more interesting is that men, who are more likely to experience TBI, are less likely to experience such disorders after a brain injury. Yet no one understood why; the recent study sought to change this.

In analyzing mice exposed to mild blast injuries, researchers found that the neuroendocrine stress axis reacts differently in female mice than it does in male mice. This difference could explain why women are more prone to fear and anxiety after a brain injury. Such emotions could also tie into the increased risk of depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

Understanding How This May Impact a TBI Case

While the data is still new, and more studies will need to be done to confirm the potential link between TBIs and an elevated risk of mental illness among women, it could eventually be used as a risk factor in personal injury cases. Overall, this could increase the potential compensation that some TBI victims may be owed in their settlements. This may be especially true if it is determined that debilitating disorders are far more common in women than they are in men.

Other factors that may impact the settlement of a TBI victim include:

  • Time lost from work,

  • Loss of vitality,

  • Medical expenses,

  • Long-term disability, and

  • Pain and suffering.

Because the factors are many, and each case is unique, it is important that victims contact an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance with a traumatic brain injury case.

How Our San Diego TBI Lawyers Can Help

At Martinez & Schill, LLP, we understand the difficulties that TBI victims face. Dedicated to the best interest of our clients, our San Diego traumatic brain injury lawyers fight aggressively to ensure they get the compensation they deserve. Learn how we can assist with your head injury case. Call 619-512-5995 and schedule your personalized consultation today.