Mild TBIs raise risk for PTSD, other mental health problems

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry has linked mild traumatic brain injuries to a higher risk for mental health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. West Virginia residents should know that the CDC defines a TBI as any injury, either caused by a bump, blow or jolt or by something penetrating the head, that disrupts normal cognitive function. TBIs range from mild to severe.

The study focused on 1,155 hospital patients with TBIs and 230 with non-head injuries, all from 11 different hospitals with trauma centers across the U.S. Of those with TBIs, 21.2 percent developed PTSD or depression up to six months after the injury. Of the latter, 12.1 percent developed one or the other.

Close to 62 percent of mild TBIs were caused by motor vehicle accidents, while just above 29 percent were due to falls and other unintentional injuries. Those with mental health problems prior to the TBI were also more likely to get PTSD or a major depressive disorder. Black patients with mild TBIs saw a higher risk than other TBI patients, though more research is necessary to understand this.

However, the results are limited because they cannot be generalized to other hospitals and communities. In particular, some experts believe they cannot be generalized to sports-related concussions (concussions being a subset of mild TBIs).

Auto accidents, slip and falls, assault and sports-related accidents can all lead to traumatic brain injury. In cases where victims incur a TBI through another's negligence, there may be good grounds for a personal injury claim, but it might be a good idea to consult with a lawyer beforehand. Personal injury lawyers may opt to hire investigators to gather proof of negligence and medical experts to measure the extent of injuries. They might be able to negotiate for a settlement covering past and future medical expenses and more.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Tell Us About Your Legal Issue

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Email Us For A Response

Three Convenient Office Locations

Charleston Office
746 Myrtle Road
Charleston, WV 25314

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Charleston Law Office Map

Beckley Office
101 North Kanawha Street, Suite 101
Beckley, WV 25801

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Beckley Law Office Map

Morgantown Office
453 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Suite 300
Morgantown, WV 26505

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Morgantown Law Office Map

Get Answers Today
Get The Answers You Need And The Advice You Deserve