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Traumatic brain injury can lead to mental health issues

Some California residents who are involved in a car accident are lucky enough to escape with little to no harm. These individuals may need to nurse some bumps, bruises and cuts, but overall they are able to walk away with no long-term damage. Sadly, however, many other California residents suffer serious harm, such as brain injuries. As medical professionals continue to research these injuries they are finding that their impact can be much more significant than initially thought.

For example, one recent study found that 20 percent of those who suffer even mild traumatic brain injury experience some sort of mental health disorder within six months of their injury. These mental health conditions can be severe, too. The study found that many traumatic brain injury sufferers developed post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder.

So, what does this mean for those who suffer a traumatic brain injury? It may mean that they need more extensive follow up care following their injury. They should be sure to discuss mental health with their medical provider, including any behavioral changes that may be symptomatic of the conditions discussed above. Traumatic brain injury victims should be sure to document these conversations with medical professionals so that there is a clear record of the extent of the injuries and the recommended courses of treatment.

Head and neck injuries suffered in a car accident can have a tremendous effect on an individual's life. The physical, emotional and financial well-being of such a victim can be thrown into jeopardy. Without further action, these individuals can find themselves facing insurmountable damages. This is unacceptable, especially when the harm is caused by the negligence of another and the damages are long-lasting. This is why it is critical that those who are injured in a car accident to consider personal injury options.



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