Dealing with a traumatic brain injury can be a massive, life-altering challenge, especially when it leads to other serious medical issues – as it often does. While it is no surprise to many medical experts, a recent study confirmed that TBI (traumatic brain injury) is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Even sustaining a mild TBI has been known to increase the risk for Parkinson’s. It has been noted by one study that individuals with mild TBI and brief loss of consciousness had a 56% increased risk of suffering from Parkinson’s disease compared to those who have not suffered any head injury. Unfortunately, since there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, this is not good news for those who might have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
So what is Parkinson’s disease? It is essentially a disorder that affects the nervous system and can progressively get worse, causing one to go through uncontrollable movements like shaking, as well as difficulty with balancing and coordination. The first symptom, often noticeable, may be a tremor in one hand. Some other common symptoms might include:
- Losing expression in the face
- Speech becoming soft
- Muscles becoming stiff
- Difficulty in walking
Symptoms are known to progressively get worse. While there is at this time no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are treatment options that can relieve some symptoms and help patients function in some normal ways. Treatment regimens can consist of physical therapy, speech therapy, or taking the appropriate medication, depending on your specific symptoms.
You might have been in a car accident or sustained a fall that led to your suffering a mild TBI, and thereafter Parkinson’s disease. If the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, California law provides avenues for redress and recovery of financial compensation to cover medical bills and other losses.
To receive such compensation, you will have to prove the existence of your medical condition, and also prove that it was caused by someone else’s negligence. In that regard, different types of evidence like incident reports pertaining to the accident which led to your medical condition, medical records, testimony of your doctors, etc., can be helpful. Accordingly, the compensation you might be able to receive will depend on many different factors, including the severity of your injuries. An experienced attorney will know what to look for in order to develop the best legal strategy for your case.
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If you have sustained a TBI due to someone’s negligence, reach out to the qualified serious injury attorneys of Salamati Law. Our team of experienced Los Angeles traumatic brain injury attorneys will work with you to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.