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.
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