Your loved one survived a terrible car accident. The crash, which thankfully did not kill him, left him with a traumatic brain injury. As your loved one, you, and your entire family grieve for the person your loved one was prior to the accident—you are grateful that you are not grieving for your loved one’s life.
Unfortunately, the Risk of an Early Death May Not Be Over
A new study, published online in the January 15, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found three primary reasons why traumatic brain injury victims may be at risk for early death even after their condition had stabilized and the immediate medical emergency was over. More specifically, researchers found that the increased risk may be due to:
- A subsequent brain injury
One of the reasons for these increased risks is because traumatic brain injury victims have a higher risk than the general population of suffering from substance abuse and/or psychiatric problems.
Overall, researchers found that traumatic brain injury victims were about three times more likely to die prematurely than people who had not suffered similar injuries.
Early Death Is Not Inevitable for Lee’s Summit Brain Injury Accident Victims
While Lee’s Summit brain injury victims may be at increased risk of suffering an early death, the study did not establish a cause and effect relationship between brain injuries and early deaths. In other words, if a specific brain injury patient’s depression and risky behaviors are acknowledged and treated then his or her risk of dying young may be lower.
It can be scary and overwhelming to have a loved one suffer a Lee’s Summit brain injury. It is important for both you, and your loved one, to get the medical help, legal help, and support that you need during this time. Please read our FREE book, The Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide, to learn more about what you can do to help your loved one, and your family, through this difficult time.