New Study Indicates That Traumatic Brain Injuries Inflicted in Domestic Violence Do Far More Damage Than Originally Understood
Partner violence affects a reported one in three women at some point in their lives; still, remarkably little is known, to date, about the neuropathology of partner violence. Yet a new, comprehensive brain autopsy study has revealed that significant traumatic brain injuries – specifically, significant vascular and white matter damage – have been found in women who experienced intimate partner violence. The study also specifically found that these women also suffered from increased medical comorbidities, such as cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, as a result of these traumatic brain injuries inflicted by someone else.
The results of the study emphasize the “profound impact of partner violence,” the fact that these consequences are under-recognized, and the need for full understanding of these types of injuries when deliberating on full accountability, both in terms of a criminal and civil sense.
The “Profound Impact of Partner Violence”
The researchers specifically noted that they were “astounded by the burden of health comorbidity carried by the women in this series,” where so many additional health issues were found linked to initial brain injuries inflicted by someone else on them, including diseases such as diabetes, epilepsy, hypertension, HIV, and substance abuse; all of which were described as “common.” However, one finding that was absent from the study was any evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease often found in some athletes who engage in long-term contact sports.
When someone inflicts a traumatic brain injury on someone else, the injured victim has a right to seek justice from the abuse through the court system, seeking damages for medical bills, loss of employment wages, emotional and physical pain and suffering and, in some cases, punitive damages as well, meant to punish the responsible entity.
However, it is important to note that a civil lawsuit such as this is not for the purposes of protection, as a victim should use law enforcement and similar measures to that effect, while a civil lawsuit is more focused on financial damages to cover the injuries and subsequent medical and health issues that come about from these injuries.
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If you or a loved one has been the victim of a traumatic brain injury at the hands of someone else, chances are you could end up having a lifetime of medical issues connected to these injuries. This makes consulting a skilled Macon brain injury attorney all the more important so that those responsible are held accountable, and you have assistance with your recovery.
At the Law Offices of Buzzell, Welsh & Hill, our Macon, Georgia brain injury attorneys have experience handling all types of brain injury cases. We pride ourselves on the one-on-one care that we provide to our clients. Contact us today to schedule a free confidential consultation and find out more.