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Can brain injuries trigger PTSD?

When Missouri residents incur a head injury, it is crucial that they seek medical attention. This is because such injuries can have long-term effects that may deeply impact a person's life. This is true even if the injury appears to be relatively mild and does not require hospitalization.

Doctors and scientists are beginning to develop a more sophisticated understanding of traumatic brain injuries. It appears that even what might seem to be a minor incident can actually trigger significant problems in many individuals. Symptoms may include life dissatisfaction, amnesia and other psychiatric concerns. Indeed, a study showed that mild brain injury may have an association with posttraumatic stress disorder, a condition that can present serious difficulties for those who suffer from it.

The failure to receive appropriate treatment for brain trauma and any resulting PTSD can affect an individual's ability to concentrate and maintain gainful employment. Individuals who suffer from the condition may eventually end up on permanent disability and need long-term care. The medical expenses for these services and appropriate rehabilitation can be significant. If an accident victim lacks financial resources, getting access to needed treatments can be difficult, if not impossible.

While head injuries resulting from football and other contact sports have been widely reported and the subject of numerous studies, these types of injuries can be caused by other factors, such as a motor vehicle accident or a sudden fall. If a victim has been injured by the negligence of another party, such as a distracted or impaired driver, a personal injury attorney could be of assistance in seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

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