There have been rare cases in which an individual who suffered a traumatic brain injury passed away, many years later, with no obvious signs or cause of death. There are generally no signs of foul play in such cases, either. Experts are still unclear on what would lead to such an unexpected passing, however. All signs of the traumatic brain injury were addressed. Why would someone simply die from their injury many years later? So, can someone die from a traumatic brain injury? Absolutely, but the circumstances surrounding such a death are often mysterious and basked in questions.
Brain Injuries May Increase Risk of an Early Death
According to recent studies, an individual who has suffered from a traumatic brain injury may experience a higher risk of early death. The risks that typically follow include another brain injury, assault, and suicide. Furthermore, the risks of psychiatric or drug abuse issues are also dramatically increased following a brain injury. According to lead researcher Dr. Seena Fazel, a Wellcome Trust research fellow at the University of Oxford in England, “patients have a threefold increased risk of dying prematurely.” Three times more likely! That is a profound increase.
Furthermore, the same study revealed that 61 percent of traumatic brain injury patients suffered from psychiatric or substance abuse issues. In some cases, these issues were often present before the injury, while others developed them after their injury.
We have discussed that it is entirely possible for an individual to pass away earlier than expected because of a past traumatic brain injury. Let us now explore the facts surrounding traumatic brain injuries one step further:
• In 2013, nearly 2.8 million traumatic brain injury patients were brought to emergency rooms.
• Traumatic brain injuries also accounted for nearly 50,000 deaths.
• From 2007 to 2013, the rate at which TBI victims passed away decreased by 5 percent, while emergency room visits increased by nearly 47 percent.
Traumatic brain injuries are quite severe. However, in recent years, as we can see by the increase in emergency room visits, recognition and understanding of the issue at hand have become more pronounced across the country. With sports being the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries, greater steps are taken to promote health and well-being both on the field/track and off.
Currently, the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries is actually bicycling. Most people would say football, boxing, or wrestling. However, bicycle accidents tend to cause more traumatic brain injuries than any other type of activity or sport. It truly pays to remain safe and take precautions against such injuries while performing any strenuous or potentially dangerous activities. Wearing a helmet, for example, can save your life and reduce the chance of a traumatic brain injury.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, support them in any way possible. When you need support of your own, know that TryMunity is the leading community for traumatic brain injury patients and their families.