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Traumatic brain injury may lead to premature death

A traumatic brain injury patient in West Virginia may experience a variety of challenges in his or her daily life, including the ability to speak in some cases or even the ability to walk in some more severe cases. However, a new study shows that those with a traumatic brain injury face a high risk of death as well. The study calls attention to the need to properly diagnose and address these injuries.

According to the study, people who have a traumatic brain injury are three times more likely to pass away before his or her proper time, compared with other individuals. Early death is defined as dying before 56 years old. The biggest reasons people with traumatic brain injury die is because the injuries are fatal or because they commit suicide.

The chance of premature death is particularly higher in those who have historically used drugs or who have psychiatric issues. The reasons behind brain injury patients' higher risk of early death are not fully known. However, injury to the parts of the brain that handle risk-taking and decision-making may be the reason.

Traumatic brain injury is a serious condition that may only worsen a person's quality of life if he or she doesn't seek professional help. Especially this month, which is Brain Injury Awareness Month, it is essential to make sure that loved ones who may be affected by brain injury are seen by a physician. If the loved one was injured in an accident for which another person was at fault, he or she could file a personal injury claim to seek monetary damages that could help with medical expenses, lost wages and other costs tied to the accident and permissible under our West Virginia state laws. Competent proof of negligence must be furnished in civil court in order to establish the other party's liability in such a case.

Source:, Traumatic Brain Injury Increases the Risk of Early Death, No author, March 10, 2014

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