Can a Head Injury Lead to Alzheimer's?

Can a Head Injury Lead to Alzheimer's?

brain-scanHave you suffered a blow to your head?

A traumatic head injury is among the most devastating personal injuries. It can lead to a loss of motor skills, as well as dramatic impairments to the ability to move, speak and care for oneself. They can cause significant changes in a person’s abilities, personality, or behavior.

It can have a tremendous impact on a person’s quality of life.

Many times traumatic head injuries are caused by carelessness of another in an automobile or motorcycle accident or in a slip and fall accident.

Thanks to high-profile cases, such as Muhammad Ali, the public has a growing awareness of a link between head trauma and neuro-degenerative conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease. However, fewer people realize that traumatic brain injury is also a predisposing factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Results of a new study show that elderly people who have mild cognitive impairment and a history of concussion involving momentary loss of consciousness have higher amounts of protein deposits, which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

The immediate effects of a head injury can include dementia symptoms, such as confusion, memory loss and changes in speech, vision and personality. Depending on the severity of your injury, these symptoms may clear up quickly, last a long time or never go away completely.

Certain types of head injuries may increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The greatest risk occurs after a severe head injury that knocks you out for more than 24 hours. A moderately serious head injury that causes unconsciousness for more than 30 minutes, but less than 24 hours, increases risk, but to a smaller extent.

There is no real evidence that a single mild head injury that doesn’t knock you out, or knocks you out for less than 30 minutes, increases your risk of dementia. However, repeated injuries may increase your risk of future problems.

Getting a head injury doesn’t mean you will develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia later on – many people never do.

If you have been the victim of a serious head injury as a result of another person’s negligent actions, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney, who has been successful in handling catastrophic injury cases, to discuss how to proceed with filing a claim.

The attorneys at the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck are committed to alleviating the pain and suffering of victims with vigilant legal representation in court. We can help you car a recover the compensation you need to fully recover from your head trauma.

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