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Ohio brain injuries might lead to homelessness

It is a well-known fact that injuries to the brain can lead to problems that don't manifest for some time after the injury. Ohio residents might be interested to learn that a new study that looked at three previous studies shows that a history of traumatic brain injury was found in almost half of the homeless men in the studies.

In men under 40, the most common cause of traumatic brain injury is accidentally falling because of blackouts caused by drugs or alcohol. For men over 40, that primary cause changes to assault. One of the studies that was looked at during the new study shows that the number of homeless men who have suffered a traumatic brain injury might be seven times higher than the general population. From that study, it is estimated that as many as 61 percent of homeless or vulnerably housed people might have suffered from a TBI in the past.

One correlation between homelessness and TBI that one of the study's authors found was the effects of a concussion. When a person has a concussion, cognitive abilities change. The victim's thinking can change, their personality can change, and their work ability might suffer. This can lead to the loss of their job, which might lead to the loss of their home and family.

This most recent study shows that the effects of a traumatic brain injury can be long lasting and serious. For people who have suffered from a TBI, making sure they get the medical care they need to properly survive is vital. This care can often be expensive but with the loss of income or reduction in income because of the TBI, paying for it might be difficult. For some of these individuals, seeking compensation for these Ohio brain injuries might be possible to help reduce the financial impact the accident has on their life.

Source: Tech Times, "Previous traumatic brain injury linked to nearly half of homeless men:" Lori Sandoval, Apr. 29, 2014

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