Can mild brain injuries cause long-term damage?

If you have been involved in a minor fender bender or a more serious car accident, you may have left the scene of the collision with an injury. Traumatic brain damage is one of the most common types of injuries that people obtain from an auto accident. Studies show that even mild cases of brain damage can result in long-term damage that could affect a person’s ability to work and function in everyday life.

Researchers found that mild brain injuries can affect the brain’s white matter, making it difficult to spot the injured area using traditional screening methods, such as MRIs and CT scans. When the injury goes unidentified, people are not able to receive the therapy and treatment needed to improve their cognitive functioning.

A study published in Neurology looked at cases of mild brain injuries and how peoples’ cognitive functioning differed from that of healthy patients. After measuring the general movement, eye movement and verbal activity of participants, researchers found that when compared to healthy patients, people with mild brain injuries scored 25 percent lower on the tests. After one year, the same participants were reevaluated, and while some of the brain injuries improved during that time, others continued to show decreased cognitive functioning.

Injuries sustained from a car accident can affect many areas of your life. Although you may be able to undergo therapy and treatment in hopes of regaining some of your cognitive abilities, you may be left to suffer with issues that you did not have prior to the accident.

This information is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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