The Finkelstein and Partners’ Neurolaw Trial Group is dedicated to providing first-rate legal services to victims suffering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Understanding the long term effects of a TBI is often instrumental in ensuring our clients receive the compensation they deserve. For years medical professionals have studied the relationship between TBI and other chronic disorders.
Experts have successfully identified a correlation between traumatic brain injury and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Key findings include:
- Older adults with a history of moderate traumatic brain injury had a 2.3 times greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s than seniors with no history of head injury.
- Older adults with a history of severe traumatic brain injury had 4.5 times greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s than seniors with no history of head injury.
- Individuals who have experienced repeated traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, or multiple blows to the head (common occurrences for professional athletes, combat veterans, etc) are at a higher risk of developing a progressive degenerative disease, known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
- Research has shown a TBI often changes brain chemistry, creating chemical neurological abnormalities linked to Alzheimer’s.
“Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias that may occur as a long-term result of traumatic brain injury are progressive disorders that worsen over time. As with all dementias, they affect quality of life, shorten lifespan and complicate the effort to manage other health conditions effectively.”-Alz.org