The majority of head injuries in the United States occur either because of motor vehicle accidents or because of slip and falls. Unfortunately, young people are more likely to be involved in collisions and young children along with the elderly are also the group most likely to suffer a fall.
When a head injury occurs, the impact of an injury can be far-reaching and affect every aspect of the victim’s life. The driver, property owner or other third party responsible for causing the injury needs to be held accountable. A traumatic brain injury lawyer can help victims to pursue a claim for compensation. Unfortunately, new evidence indicates that teenagers who sustain traumatic brain injury may face yet another potential consequence of the damage to the brain: an increased risk of suicide.
Brain Injuries Increase Suicide Risks
According to Psych Central, new research indicates that teenagers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) have “significantly greater odds” of attempting death by suicide or engaging in other high-risk behaviors. This is true even in cases where a teenager suffered the most mild of brain injuries: a concussion.
Teens also have an elevated risk of many other types of harmful behaviors or symptoms as a result of a TBI including:
- An increased likelihood of becoming a bully
- Twice the odds of being bullied either at school or via the Internet
- Three times the odds of attempting death by suicide
- Three times the odds of being threatened with a weapon at school
- An increased likelihood of being prescribed medication to treat anxiety, depression or both conditions.
- Higher odds of damaging property, auto theft, selling drugs, breaking and entering, setting fires, fighting at school, weapons crimes or running away from home.
This study on the impact of TBIs is the first population-based evidence that shows the true impact of TBI and poor mental health outcomes. Unfortunately, TBI’s can disrupt the normal function of the brain and can impair judgment as a result. This can happen not just to teenagers, but also to adults who suffer TBIs as well. Since the teenage brain is still developing at the time when the TBI occurs, teens may be especially susceptible to the disruption that impacts brain function.
The teenage years are already a difficult time for many young people, and a TBI will exacerbate both mental health issues as well as existing behavioral problems. Parents, coaches, teachers and others involved in a teen’s life need to be vigilant for signs of trouble after a young person has suffered a traumatic brain injury. Of course, it is always best to be vigilant before the injury occurs and to do everything possible to prevent a blow to the head that is likely to lead to lasting damage. This means ensuring that teens wear helmets when riding bikes or playing sports and talking to teenagers about safe driving.
Unfortunately, when negligent drivers or property owners act in a way that causes a teen brain injury, even the most careful teenager won’t be able to avoid damage to the brain that could affect the rest of his life.
Contact the Charlotte injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
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