WSFA reporter Mark Bullock takes a look at Traumatic Brain Injury as the subject of the new program “12 News Defenders.” The segment includes an interview with Jason Stanley, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2007 after a violent assault. Recent research indicates head injuries, even those considered relatively minor, like a concussion, may have longer lasting effects than anyone had previously thought. Organizations such as the National Football League (NFL) are investigating claims that repeated concussions lead to degenerative brain disease. Beasley Allen attorney Mike Andrews, who handles personal injury claims including cases that involve traumatic brain injury, explains the physiology behind head injuries. “The first 24 hours following a head injury is the most important time,” he says. TBI victim Jason has become an advocate for people with head injuries, hoping that by sharing his experience, he can help others learn more about the many ways a TBI impacts a person’s life. In addition to physical problems, a TBI can lead to cognitive and emotional complications that if undiagnosed or left untreated, can have serious results, including chronic depression and suicidal thoughts.
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