Are Brain Injuries and Alzheimer’s Disease Connected?
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury of any type, whether major or seemingly minor, then you’re likely to keep up to date on the potential long-term effects. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we keep an eye on these issues to ensure that we can recover a fair settlement for our clients, that reflects not just the short-term costs of an injury but the long-term costs. That’s why we’ve been keeping an eye on studies that have shown a potential connection between Alzheimer’s Disease and brain injuries.
There is a lot that’s not known about Alzheimer’s
The truth is that there isn’t a lot that’s known about Alzheimer’s and the causes of it. While the medical community is studying this disease, and has been for decades, the best information they have shows that there are links between certain issues and the disease – but they don’t prove that a certain situation will always cause or prevent Alzheimer’s.
For example, studies have shown that individuals who keep their brain’s active through crossword puzzles, reading regularly, and other activities are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. However, this doesn’t mean that there’s a 100% chance they won’t develop Alzheimer’s. It’s important to understand this distinction when we consider the impact of studies showing a link between this disease and brain injuries.
There does seem to be a clear link
If you look at all the studies that have come out in the last few years, then it seems fair to say that at a minimum there is a link between a traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s. This means that if you’re injured, say in an auto accident, and think you’ve only had a mild brain injury, you must remember that it may become serious in the future. This is especially true when children experience a brain injury.
A brain injury today can lead to significant issues – and costs – in the future
The reality is that any type of brain injury can become a progressive, long-term disease with complications that last for years. If you’ve suffered a brain injury, you may be living with the results for years to come – or the rest of your life. In many cases, these injuries are “invisible,” meaning only that a person suffering from this type of injury may seem “normal” on the surface. However, their brains could be going through significant changes that affect the way they behave, their personality, how they think, and their health.
The symptoms of these types of injuries can change over time and for someone who’s not familiar with what to look for, it can be difficult to see. This is why it’s important to work with a personal injury attorney who’s familiar with these cases. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we can put you in touch with experienced medical professionals who will work to ensure you get fair compensation for your injuries.