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Study: Many homeless men suffered brain injuries in their pasts

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of brain injuries in New Jersey and the rest of the United States. Although the effects of a brain injury might not be obvious immediately after the accident occurs, it's important to seek medical help right away in effort to limit the consequences.

Over time, brain injuries can manifest in various different ways, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, or milder forms of injury that can cause problems with sleep, headaches and dizziness.

Unfortunately, brain injuries can impact a person’s life in many negative ways. One recent study even shows a link between brain injuries and homelessness. A study published recently in a medical journal suggested that 45 percent of more than 100 homeless men who were studied had suffered a traumatic brain injury in their past.

The researcher who conducted the study said what often happens is that a brain injury changes a person’s thinking ability and personality. After that, she said the person may lose his family and job, and from there “it’s a negative spiral” that could eventually lead to homelessness.

As you can see, a traumatic brain injury can cause a lifetime of challenges and expenses, and in some extreme cases even homelessness. For that reason, it is important for brain injury victims to get the compensation that they need and deserve after a serious accident.

Although it’s not always easy to determine the financial impact a traumatic brain injury will have on a person’s life, it is possible to estimate using the help of medical experts.

  • For more information on receiving compensation following an accident resulted in head trauma of any kind, please visit our Traumatic Brain Injuries page.

Source: Time, “Almost Half of Homeless Men Had a Previous Brain Injury,” Bryan Walsh, April 26, 2014

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