Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2019 – Typically, when people discuss traumatic brain injury, they are usually speaking about sporting events. However, it is not just athletes who sustain traumatic brain injuries.
According to researchers in Phoenix, Arizona a recent study reveals traumatic brain injury (TBI) is rife among domestic violence survivors, and a great number of domestic violence victims are living in homeless shelters. “This particular study included 115 homeless women,” explained Austin traumatic brain injury attorney, Brooks Schuelke, “and 88 percent of this group had lost track of the number of blows to the head they had sustained.”
According to the study, 81 percent of the women blacked out at least once, but not many sought treatment. Trauma study social worker and co-author of the study, Ashley Bridwell, says, "You start looking at these cases and you have to ask yourself . . . how many of these people were ‘failing’ as a result of the cognitive impairment.” This is an often-asked question when an athlete, at any level of accomplishment, starts having issues that seem to point to a brain injury and/or concussion.
A TBI is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the result of a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a body hit that results in the brain twisting or bouncing around inside the skull, resulting in damaged brain cells and chemical changes in the brain.
Bridwell and lead researcher Dr. Glynnis Zieman were not surprised by the results of their study because they see the results of concussions frequently. Through the study they wanted to educate others about this overlooked segment of society that is victim of physical abuse.
Although brain injuries have received more attention due to stories about professional football players and combat veterans sustaining injuries, many people still do not understand the frequency and consequences of brain injuries. “Until fairly recently, few have thought much outside of the box about how brain injuries may affect others in our society,” added Schuelke.
TBIs are far more common than many think. In fact, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) estimates 3.5 million children and adults struggle with a significant brain injury every year and that one in 60 Americans is coping with a traumatic brain injury disability. To find out more about brain injuries, visit BIAA.
Some of the more common signs of a concussion include:
* Loss of consciousness
* Delayed response to questions
* Slurred speech
* Blurred vision
“If you have sustained repetitive head concussions while playing sports, and feel that you were not adequately warned about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries, please do not hesitate to call my office. We can explain your legal rights to you and what would happen should you choose to file a lawsuit seeking damages,” said Schuelke.
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