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Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury may Lead to Death If Not Treated

Written by Tom Crosley
Brain Injuries, Catastrophic Personal Injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.7 million people each year sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). About 75% of these injuries are concussions or other mild forms of TBI. What may seem like a mild concussion can be extremely dangerous, however. Common signs of a concussion include a vacant stare, delayed responses to questions, disorientation, slurred speech, lack of coordination and poor short-term memory. Symptoms might last anywhere from 15 minutes to several days.

It is important to recognize the symptoms and take appropriate action. Studies have shown that anyone who has had one concussion is more likely to have another. If you receive a second concussion before your brain has fully healed from the first, the results can be devastating. Coma or even death is possible.

For any injury, patients should be allowed a sufficient healing period before resuming normal activities. In more severe cases, appropriate medications may be necessary for maximal recovery. In the case of severe head injuries, corticosteroids have been used for over 30 years as treatment because physicians believed that they would work to reduce swelling and thus reduce the chances for both brain damage and death. In one of the largest studies ever conducted around the world, however, researchers discovered that individuals treated with steroids, specifically methylprednisolone, were actually 18% more likely to die within two weeks of their brain injury. In light of these findings, if you have been given steroids for any type of traumatic brain injury, you need to contact a personal injury attorney in San Antonio. They can help you receive compensation and help you fight for the proper care now.

Updated May 22nd 2015

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