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Nicoletti Walker Law Group Sept. 16, 2015

A recent study has found a direct link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder, suggesting that anyone who has suffered from this type of injury should be screened for the issue in case they subsequently suffer from ADHD. Specifically, researchers quoted that TBI victims are more than twice as likely to report ADHD symptoms.

It is not surprising to researchers that there is such a high correlation between TBI and ADHD, particularly when it comes to a TBI that occurs during childhood, because of the physical consequences associated with TBIs, including memory and attention impairment, an inability to plan or organize, difficulty processing consonants and vowels, and having a propensity towards impulsive behavior.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, in 2010, approximately 2.5 million TBIs occurred, and the World Health Organization estimates that, in five years, TBI could become the third largest source of disability globally. Thus, if you have been in an accident and suspect that you may have a TBI, it is crucial that you receive thorough testing to ensure that you have not also incurred memory and attention deficit issues as a result of the accident.

What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

One definition medical experts use to describe TBIs as head trauma that results in a loss of consciousness for at least five minutes or hospitalization overnight. It can occur when an external force causes brain dysfunction—usually a violent blow or jolt to the head or body (or an object such a bullet penetrating the skull).

However, researchers have found that either the TBI or the ADHD can come first, and lead to the other condition; as in, TBI can increase the chances of ADHD developing and ADHD can also increase a person’s chances of getting in an accident which leads to a TBI. More research is needed to broaden the understanding of this association and how it affects the treatment prescribed for victims.

Head Trauma Litigation

Unfortunately, brain injuries can occur due to someone else’s negligence. Sometimes TBI can result from an auto, truck, or motorcycle accident. They can also result from medical malpractice, accidents that happen on the job, and any other accident that resulted in physical trauma. Recovering damages for injuries can be complicated, particularly if you have life-long medical expenses and lost wages as a result.

Aside from having to prove the typical elements of a lawsuit when someone suffers an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence (i.e. duty of care, breach of that duty, causation, and damages), brain injury cases also require the involvement of medical experts in order to draw that link between the negligent action and the resulting injuries. These experts also help to educate jurors about all of the medical issues involved, and what the treatment looks like.

Call for A Free Consultation

Head trauma can lead to brain damage and other lifelong problems. It is important to get full and fair compensation for head injury victims. Contact Clearwater brain injury attorney Mike Walker online or call for a free initial consultation.