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Traumatic brain injuries also increase victims' epilepsy risk

Many people will get into car accidents in their lives. A fender bender here and there is not uncommon, usually with the worst consequence of it being a damaged paint job to one's vehicle. But there are the extreme cases of traffic accidents that lead to serious injury.

Accidents involving high speeds or large vehicles such as commercial trucks, for example, more commonly lead to catastrophic injuries among those involved. Sustaining a brain injury can't just be classified as an injury: it is a life-altering event that costs a victim a life he once thought he had. It also puts victims at risk of other health issues such as epilepsy.

A new study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychology reveals that a traumatic brain injury puts a patient at significant greater risk of suffering from epileptic episodes. Below are just some of the medial study's findings:

Brain injury patients who suffer from skull fractures are most at-risk for epilepsy. They are about 38 times more likely than someone who never sustained a TBI to suffer from epilepsy.

TBI patients are most likely to suffer from epilepsy within one year after sustaining their brain injury. The risk decreases each year after, and levels out to be two times more likely compared to a non-brain injury patient by year four after the injury.

These are just some of the facts from the TBI study, adding more concern regarding the seriousness of brain injuries. This further supports how devastating an accident can be for a person who suffers from a brain injury in a crash.

Not only is a brain injury a physical and emotional stress, but it is also a financial stress. And with the increased risk of epilepsy connected to an already expensive medical condition, there is just another reason to try to hold negligent parties accountable for what they have cost a crash victim.

Source: News-Medical, "Close monitoring needed in year after traumatic brain injury," Eleanor McDermid, Nov. 9, 2012

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