Suffering head injuries can no doubt have an immediate impact on an individual in West Virginia. However, it can also have long-term cognitive effects. According to a recent study, this is particularly true for those who have suffered more than one brain injury.

New research shows that young adults who have suffered brain injuries — or concussions — may experience cognitive and brain activity changes. Specifically, these individuals may have a hard time shifting their thinking modes. This happens because the way in which the brain can communicate information changes.

To complete the study, scientists studied adults between the ages of 18 and 24. These individuals had to have experienced a minimum of two concussions, and the most recently occurring one had to have occurred a month or more prior to the study. The researchers discovered that these adults performed lower than their non-injured counterparts did when it came to their processing speed, working memory, attention, flexibility, inhibition, planning and stability. This study stands out in the field because the majority of other studies on the topic involved professional athletes or older adults, not young adults.

Unfortunately, a brain injury can negative impact an individual’s quality of life in West Virginia. However, if the brain injury was the result of another person’s negligence, the injured party may opt to file a personal injury claim against the reportedly negligent individual. A successfully fought suit might result in financial damages, which may be helpful for covering medical expenses and other related losses long term.