Over the last several years, numerous studies have examined the link between
mild brain injuries and an increased risk of suicide. While most of these studies have centered
around professional athletes—particularly football players who have
suffered multiple concussions throughout their career—new research
shows that mild concussions suffered in ordinary settings can be just
as detrimental. Recently, the University of Toronto released a study that
focused on the long-term risk of suicide in adults who have suffered at
least one concussion in their lifetime.
The study, titled “Risk of Suicide After a Concussion,” examined
more than 235,000 patients who had suffered at least one concussion between
1992 and 2012 – a 20-year period. Of this group, 667 patients committed
suicide, which is equivalent to 31 deaths per 100,000 patients annually and
three times the population norm. It was also noted that a patient’s risk of suicide was increased
by one-third if they suffered a concussion on the weekend. This suggests
that recreational concussions can be much more dangerous than those suffered
on the job.
According to Donald Redelmeier, one of the study’s lead authors,
“the usual circumstances for acquiring a concussion are not while
playing football; it is when driving in traffic and getting into a crash,
when missing a step and falling down a staircase, when getting overly
ambitious about home repairs.” He furthered explained that the typical
patient he sees is a middle-aged adult, rather than a professional athlete,
and that placing greater attention on the long-term care of patients who
have suffered concussions could end up saving lives.
Did You Suffer a Concussion? Don’t Wait to Get the Help You Need.
If you have suffered a mild or severe concussion, whether you were involved
in a serious
auto accident or injured at work, it is imperative that you seek medical attention right
away. When left untreated, these injuries can have devastating consequences.
If the accident that left you injured was caused by someone else’s
negligence, it would also be wise to consult one of the Austin personal
injury attorneys at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC.
When you work with our firm, we will fight tirelessly to ensure that you
are fully compensated for the losses you have suffered—which includes
the cost of any ongoing medical treatment. Serious injuries require serious
representation, which is why you should contact our firm today. We are
available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so please don’t
wait to give us a call. Your initial consultation is 100% free and confidential.
Don’t wait to get the help you need – call our Austin personal
injury lawyers for a free consultation!