One of the main causes of brain injuries are auto accidents. Being a Washington personal injury lawyer, I continually see victims struggling with these types of serious accidents and catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, they can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.
A recent study conducted by the University of Washington School of Medicine is now showing that brain injuries can cause severe depression. According to the findings, people suffering from a brain injury are eight times more likely to experience major depression.
The study looked at 559 brain injury patients, of which most were males who had recently been in an auto accident. Within the first year, fifty-three percent of them were experiencing depression.
Unfortunately, depression is a serious mental illness that can have a significant impact on a person’s daily life. However, many people fail to seek out treatment for the mental illness.
We hope these recent findings will help many car accident victims. For more information on the results of the study, check out the May 19th edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.