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New study to look into long-term effects of brain trauma

The medical community is only just now beginning to understand the long-term effects traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have on those who suffer them. The issue gained mainstream visibility recently through the public struggles of a number of professional athletes who suffered head injuries while playing their given sport. Now, Indiana University has secured a grant to specifically study these long-term effects, to the tune of $2.1 million.

The study, which is in conjunction with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, plans to focus on the ways that brain injuries leave victims suffering well after the incident. The researchers hope to shed light specifically on just how devastating a brain injury can be long after a victim or the victim's community may believe the symptoms have subsided.

Thankfully, the attention brought to the matter from amateur and professional contact sports means that the public is starting to understand that even "mild" TBIs can have very destructive implications.

A mild TBI may leave a victim struggling to complete simple tasks and feeling compulsively frustrated and irritable. A victim may find it difficult to understand the context of a conversation, even if he or she understands the individual meanings of different words used. A victim may even experience prolonged headaches, nausea or even seizures. These symptoms and many others may persist for up to a year.

If you suffer a blow to the head, whether in a contact sport or in a car accident or any other way, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you determine a strong approach when pursuing fair compensation for your losses and reasonable accommodations at your workplace.

A brain injury can impact lives similarly to a long-term illness and should be treated with similar, appropriate compensation and accommodation.

Source: WHIO, "IU researchers get $2M to study traumatic brain injuries," The Associated Press, Sep. 29, 2017

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