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TBIs raise the chance of depression

Pennsylvania residents who have incurred a traumatic brain injury may find that they have contracted a number of serious issues that range from the physical to the psychological. For example, numerous studies have confirmed that depression is a common symptom of TBIs, and it may be difficult to treat by ordinary methods.

TBIs occur when the head is seriously impacted by some outside force. These injuries can cause the brain's ability to function to be impaired. TBIs can be difficult injuries to treat, and the symptoms can manifest in minor forms such as dizziness, headaches and numbness, major forms such as seizures and even in psychological ways such as confusion, memory loss and depression.

Research has shown that a serious brain injury significantly increases the potential for depression. Even people who have never had issues with depression before the incident demonstrate a propensity for the syndrome afterward. Some studies have shown that TBI victims are two and five times more likely to develop depression than those without such an injury.

A traumatic brain injury can be incurred in a variety of settings. Although they are notably connected with football, rugby and other contact sports, TBIs can also result from a motor vehicle collision, a slip and fall on the premises of a supermarket or other business, or through an assault and battery. When the injury is due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, an attorney representing a victim could attempt to seek compensation for medical expenses and other applicable losses through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault person or entity.

Source: Rep-AM, "Risk for depression increases after traumatic brain injury ", June 19, 2016

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