Traumatic Brain Injuries Connected with Homelessness
When you suffer a serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI),1 it is only natural to expect that you will need medical treatment and may miss work or school while you recover. Some traumatic brain injury victims suffer severe enough cognitive impairment to keep them from ever returning to their previous jobs again. Such TBI victims can lose significant income and earning capacity and may have to depend on disability benefits to survive financially.
A new psychological study,2 however, seems to have uncovered an even more devastating connection to traumatic brain injuries—homelessness. Medical professionals from the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program in California screened a number of homeless program participants and realized that more than 70 percent showed signs of cognitive impairment from TBI and similar injuries from head trauma.
Factors that can perpetuate homelessness in TBI victims
Traumatic brain injuries interrupt a victim’s regular brain activities and can cause the following symptoms and more:
- Memory problems
- Poor decision-making abilities
- Difficulty with even basic communications
- Challenges with human interaction and relationships
- Trouble focusing and concentrating
As you can imagine, many of these symptoms can make it difficult to work and can cause victims to lose their jobs, which can start a spiral toward homelessness.
Furthermore, once TBI victims are without a home, the effects of their injury can make it difficult to succeed in social programs, including independent housing or rehabilitation. Many TBI victims return repeatedly to the streets at least in part due to their cognitive challenges. Once on the street, homeless individuals have a high chance of getting hit by cars, falling, being involved in altercations, or other events that may lead to a repeated brain injury. Multiple brain injuries can have a much greater effect and can incite early-onset dementia and similar conditions.
Contact an experienced brain injury attorney in Cumming, Georgia today
Many brain injuries occur because of auto accidents, falls due to dangerous hazards, and other types of accidents. In order to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for all of your TBI-related losses, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer at Boling Rice LLC in Cumming, GA today. We offer free consultations, so call 770-887-3162 today for help.