Every year, 1.7 million Americans experience some form of traumatic brain injury; however, victims with more education may have an easier time recovering than others.
According to a research team at Jon Hopkins School of Medicine, 39 percent of study participants with a college degree were found to be free of disability after a minimum of one year, while only 10 percent of participants with a high school diploma were classified as “disability free” after one year.
All in all, subjects with a college education were found to be seven times more likely to fully recover from a traumatic brain injury than other subjects with a high school diploma, even when they sustained the same amount of damage to the brain. Researchers believe that these results can be attributed to the “cognitive reserve theory” – meaning that the more you learn, the more your brain is able to recover from any sort of damage or trauma.
I Suffered A Traumatic Brain Injury. What Are My Options?
While this study offers possible insight into how the brain recovers from a serious injury, it is important to note that brain injuries differ greatly from person to person. Treatment can require extensive physical and psychotherapy, which can be both costly and time consuming.
Here at Metier Law Firm LLC, we have lawyers with years of experience in traumatic brain injury cases, ready to assist you with legal advice for the tough road ahead. Please feel free to call us to discuss your specific situation.
[Did You Know: According to a recent study, 44 percent of traumatic brain injuries are a result of sports or other recreational activities.]