A recent study has reached a startling conclusion - that nearly half of all homeless men have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the past. For the majority of these men, the injury occurred before they lost their homes. Such a finding may have a profound effect on how we treat traumatic brain injuries once they've occurred as well as the steps we take to prevent against them.
According to the study conducted at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, 45% of the homeless men studied has suffered at least one TBI and 87% of these injuries happened before they were homeless. TBIs are common side effects of car accidents and may occur any time an blunt force is applied to the head, such as may occur in sports injuries, construction accidents or Shaken Bay Syndrome.
If you believe you or a loved one may have suffered a TBI it is imperative to seek medical attention immediately. Further, if the brain injury is the result of an accident, an experienced Hawaii accident attorney can help ensure you have the money necessary to pay for what may be a life time of care.
Individuals who sustain TBIs may suffer effects such as short-term memory loss, compromised cognitive function, personality changes, and sometime may act the ability to even manage the activities of daily living. As the study shows, the effects of a TBI may have a profound effect on an individuals quality of life. According to reports, of the men studied Forty-four percent of total TBIs were sustained during sports or recreation, while 42 percent were from car collisions or falls.
For more information or if you believe that you or a loved one has suffered a TBI as the result of a personal injury accident, please contact the experienced Hawaii traumatic brain injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.