Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are one of the most common types of catastrophic injuries. TBIs are considered catastrophic because they can have a permanent impact on a person’s life. However, recent research shows that traumatic brain injuries can cause significantly more damage to women.
The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing research discovered that women are more likely than men to suffer from depression after a traumatic brain injury. Additionally, women are more likely than men to have post-traumatic difficulties with memory, communication, body pains, and body movements control. The difference between men and women was only significant within the first six months after the injury. After six months, there was no difference in the rate of depression between men and women.
Symptoms of depression in the early stages of recovery seem to be related to the amount of stress and pain a brain injury survivor perceives-both of which are more common in women than in men. The exact reasons for this are still unknown, but the researchers suggest that differences in hormones or brain structure could be the cause.
Although some brain injuries are mild, others are more severe and may result in permanent disability. Common serious effects of a brain injury may include:
- Cognitive defects: This includes coma, memory problems, loss of sense of time and space, and more.
- Motor defects: such as paralysis, spasticity, swallowing problems, and more.
- Perceptual or sensory problems: Including changes in hearing, vision, taste, smell, and touch.
- Communication defects: This includes trouble speaking and understanding speech, trouble reading, and trouble forming sentences.
Traumatic brain injuries can severely impact both men and women, resulting in extensive medical bills and physical and mental anguish. If you or your loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by another person’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Our San Francisco brain injury attorneys have years of experience helping families throughout California obtain the best possible results for their case.
We are ready to help you too. Contact our San Francisco traumatic brain injury lawyers today at (415) 688-2176 to schedule a consultation!