Study: Even a mild brain injury can cause memory and cognitive problems

According to a recent study conducted by researchers out of the UK, mild or moderate traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may actually result in more severe consequences than previously thought. Given the fact that roughly 90 percent of all TBIs are classified as mild to moderate, these findings may be particularly important.

The study, which was led by researchers from Newcastle University, monitored a total of 86 study participants – a group that consisted of 44 people with mild TBIs, 9 with moderate TBIs and a control group of 33 with no brain injury at all. Specifically, those involved in the study were given various cognitive and memory tests. In addition, those with head injuries were subjected to brain imaging scans six days after their injury, on average.

Interestingly, upon comparing the results, the researchers discovered that the TBI victims initially scored 25 percent lower on standard cognition tests than those who had not suffered head injuries. However, while the testing scores of TBI victims eventually improved, brain scans conducted a full year after their head injuries indicated continued disruptions to their nerve axons, which are the parts of the nerve cell that permit the transmission of information between cells.

Sadly, this particular study illustrates just how potentially pervasive TBIs can be. Indeed, even those who suffer only “mild” brain injuries can still be impacted a full year later.

Options for TBI victims

Unfortunately, mild brain injuries – otherwise known as concussions – can easily occur in a wide variety of ways, including accidents related to simple slip-and-falls, car collisions and even sports injuries. In fact, according to the American Academy of Neurology, there are two to four million concussions in the US every year alone that stem from sporting and recreational injuries.

Regardless of the cause of the trauma, however, the important thing to remember following any head injury is to seek necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if the head injury is a mild one, and thus not easily detectable, it is still advisable to obtain medical attention and avoid engaging in activities that carry additional risk of further brain injury.

As with any significant injury, the treatment of TBIs may result in substantial medical expenses. Fortunately, though, legal recourse and damages may be available for those who suffer brain injuries as a result of the negligent acts of others. If you have experienced a TBI and wish to learn more about what these remedies may be, it is typically best to seek the counsel of an experienced head injury attorney who can provide helpful advice.