Studies have shown that women who sustain a concussion, one type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), are likelier to have more severe and longer-lasting symptoms than men. A new study found that women are more vulnerable than men to persistent TBI-related symptoms, even a year after the TBI occurred.
Post-concussion symptoms were also worse in women aged 35 to 49 years than in younger and older women, but further investigation is needed to corroborate these findings and to identify the mechanisms involved. Results suggest that individualized clinical management of mTBI should consider sex and age, as some women are especially predisposed to chronic postconcussion symptoms even 12 months after injury.
The reasons are unclear, but one theory proposed by the Johns Hopkins Women's Sports Medicine Program is that this is because women generally have less neck strength than men. Regardless of the cause, the findings offer validation for women who encounter skepticism when they report persistent concussion symptoms many months after the injury. There is a propensity for doctors, insurance companies, and even juries to be dismissive of these lingering symptoms.
It helps to have a lawyer on your side, who is familiar with the latest medical research to help explain your condition. In addition to her legal knowledge and resources, Attorney Dana Adkins has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, which helps her to understand and communicate with others about the complexities of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. Dana is dedicated to helping every client be fairly and fully compensated for their injuries, including persistent TBI symptoms. This should include compensation not only for your current medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the impacts the TBI has had on your life, but also compensation for the losses you are likely to incur in the future.
It is important to keep in mind that even without a direct head injury, you can still suffer a concussion or more severe TBI. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that any bump, blow, or jolt to the head, and even a hit to the body can cause the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull. The CDC also reports that this sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. Victims of any car wreck or slip and fall accident, should be monitored for symptoms of a TBI, including fuzzy memory, difficulty concentrating, headaches, dizziness or fatigue.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a concussion or more severe TBI after a car wreck or slip and fall accident, please contact us for a FREE legal consultation by calling or texting us 24/7 at (843) 330-7687. You can also ask us questions through the 24-hour chat box on our website.