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Brain injury, TBI, may have a link to homelessness

A new study shows that about 50 percent of homeless individuals in the United States have suffered injuries to the brain. In addition, people in West Virginia may be surprised to learn that rates of brain injury, TBI, have risen dramatically during the past several years. The research provides new insight about causes of homelessness and may spark additional questions about why TBI is on the rise.

The number of individuals who are dying, having to stay in the hospital or going to the ER due to impairment to the brain is at a decade-long high, according to recent statistics. These brain issues affect a large number of homeless people, with a whopping 87 percent of them experiencing their TBI before they ended up losing their homes. This information is alarming since more than half-a-million people are homeless in the United States.

An individual's personality can be altered as a result of a brain injury. In addition, a person might have trouble focusing on his or her job and experience a reduction in the ability to think and reason. As a result, these individuals might lose their jobs and even their families. Trauma to the brain evidently can be life-changing in a negative way.

In many cases, a brain injury, TBI, resulted from a sports incident or from assault. In other situations, a vehicle collision or fall caused the brain injury. Many of these situations took place before a person was 18 years old. When a collision or other accident leads to brain damage, a civil suit may be filed against the person who negligently caused the situation in West Virginia.

Source: The Daily Beast, "New Research Shows Half of All Homeless Have Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury", Charlotte Lytton, April 28, 2014

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