Brain Injuries May Affect Girls Differently Than Boys, Study Finds

Brain InjuryA new study found that girls may be more likely to experience psychological distress after sustaining a traumatic brain injury than boys.

Those in Texas who sustain a traumatic injury may experience a wide range of different effects that can last for an unknown period of time. Although those who survive a TBI after an accident caused by another person’s negligence occurs may not know immediately which symptoms they will experience or how long they will last, a new study reveals that girls who incur a brain injury are more likely to experience behavioral problems than boys who sustain one of these injuries, states Time.

To come to this conclusion, researchers surveyed over 9,000 Canadian students in grades seven through 12. In this particular study, the girls who reported that they had incurred a TBI at some point in their life were more likely to respond that they had experienced psychological distress, contemplated committing suicide, smoked cigarettes or become the target of bullying.

WHY DO THESE DIFFERENCES EXIST?

Time states that because the students self-reported their results, the researchers were unable to determine what causes could be behind these gender differences or provide a definitive explanation of why these variances exist. However, some speculate that the dissimilarities discovered in this study could be traced back to a variety of factors, like hormone differences, cognitive differences, treatment differences or some combination of all of these factors.

THE EFFECTS OF A TBI ARE UNPREDICTABLE

While gender may play a role in the consequences a traumatic brain injury victim experiences after an accident, the Brain Injury Association of America states that the effects of a brain injury often depend on the cause of the accident, the location of the trauma and the severity of the injury. Additionally, according to WebMD, the symptoms of brain damage can be physical, behavioral, emotional, perceptual or cognitive.

For example, some of the cognitive effects that TBI victims may experience include difficulties processing information, memory loss, a shortened attention span, problems understanding what others are saying and issues expressing themselves. In comparison, persistent headaches, paralysis, seizures, sleep disorders, sensitivity to light, slurred speech and loss of consciousness are some of the potential physical effects of brain damage.

SEEKING COMPENSATION

To treat the effects of their traumatic brain injury, those in Texas may require physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and psychological support for an extended period of time. If you or one of your loved ones sustained a TBI because of another person’s negligence and you are worried about how you will handle the expense associated with necessary treatment options, speak with an attorney to find out what compensation may be available to you.