» Landmark Study Finds Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors More Likely to Die Young

Landmark Study Finds Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors More Likely to Die Young

Legal Help for Veterans is a law firm helping veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2014 - According to a recent study led by a University of Oxford psychiatrist, those with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are three times more likely to die before the age of 56.

Combat veterans face a high risk of TBI while they serve on the battlefield. Now, the results of a four-decade-long study has revealed that those with TBI face a potentially shorter lifespan due to subsequent accidents or suicide. Veterans are affected long after their return home.

The joint British-Swedish study tracked 218,300 Swedes born after 1953 who were diagnosed with TBI between 1969 and 2009. Those with concussions were excluded from consideration. Survivors of a moderate to severe TBI were three times more likely than the general population to die prematurely (before reaching age 56).

“Veterans with a more severe traumatic brain injury can suffer from a wide range of troublesome symptoms, such as loss of coordination, increased confusion and seizures, which could put them at risk for further injury,” says James G. Fausone, a Michigan attorney who specializes in representing veterans. “The study’s findings dovetails with the lifelong perils veterans with TBI face.”

The propensity for people with TBI to injure themselves again, sometimes seriously or fatally, was underlined by the study’s numbers. 574 of the 2,378 who died before the age of 56 died due to accidents subsequent to the brain injury.

Grimly, those with brain injuries were also at least three times more likely to commit suicide. 522 people with TBI in the study’s group took their own lives.

Death rates remained high even five years after a person suffered a brain injury, possibly because brain injury patients tend to be risk-takers in the first place. However, the data strongly indicated that the brain injury itself played a key role in mortality.

In order to discount the possibility that any hereditary factors were involved, the study compared 150,513 of the brain injury patients with their siblings (who did not have such a condition). Siblings share a significant portion of their DNA and childhood experiences, influencing mortality and helping researchers chart personality. Patients with TBI were two and a half times more likely to die at an earlier age than their siblings.

“For veterans with TBI, the study’s findings make it even more imperative that they file a disability claim with the VA as soon as possible,” Fausone advised.

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800

  • 22 Pushup Challenge raises awareness for veteran suicide
    Veteran suicide has captured the attention of social media users in a form of viral online activism that mirrors the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014. The goal of the 22 Pushup Challenge is to raise awareness about veteran suicide and programs that support the mental health of former service members and their families. The […]
  • VA workers turn entrepreneurs to improve veterans health care
    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees pitched ideas for improving veterans health care services nationwide during the VA Innovation Demo Day in Washington, D.C., on August 15. They hoped their projects would win support and funding for widespread adoption across the VA system. A panel of department leaders, including VA Undersecretary for Health Dr. David […]
  • Uncertainty looms over future of VA health records
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) faces uncertainty as it assesses the best way in which to meet long-term needs for its electronic health record system (EHR). One option is developing a shared system of military health records with the Department of Defense (DOD) in order to allow faster access to veterans’ records. However, efforts […]
  • Veteran homelessness slashed by half in six years
    The number of homeless veterans in the United States has been reduced by 47 percent since 2010. Data indicates an overall decline of 17 percent in veteran homelessness in 2015 alone. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) annual estimate, there were under 40,000 homeless veterans on a given night in January. […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,

Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required