Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system disorder that affects the body’s movement. Symptoms may start with minor tremors and progress to more pronounced tremors. It can also cause slow movement and stiffness, and slurred speech. Unfortunately, Parkinson’s disease is not curable, and the condition will progress. While the causes of Parkinson’s disease are unknown, certain factors can increase the risk, such as genetics or exposure to toxins. Sustaining a traumatic brain injury can also be a factor. Here’s what you need to know.

How Does a Traumatic Brain Injury Cause Parkinson’s Disease?

A study published by in April 2018 revealed that a TBI could be linked to an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD). This particular study’s results further support the evidence with previous studies and speculations about the association between TBIs and Parkinson’s. Researchers examined the medical records of 325,870 U.S. Veterans reported to have mild, moderate, or severe TBIs. Here are their findings:

  • 1,462 veterans were diagnosed with PD.
  • Out of the 1,462 veterans who had PD, 949 had sustained a TBI.
  • Mild TBIs increased the risk of PD by 60%

Even though the study concluded that there is a link, the good news is that the chances of getting PD, even with a mild TBI, are low. If you’ve sustained a TBI and are concerned about developing Parkinson’s disease, speak to your doctor for a full examination to assess your risk. The relationship between TBI and Parkinson's is complex and likely influenced by various factors, including the severity of the injury, genetic predisposition, and other individual characteristics.

Please note that the development of Parkinson's disease following a TBI can occur years or even decades after the initial injury. Some studies indicate that the risk may be highest within the first few years after a TBI, while others suggest that the risk remains elevated over a longer period.

Shared symptoms can also complicate the process of obtaining a diagnosis. TBI and Parkinson's disease can exhibit overlapping symptoms, such as cognitive impairment, movement difficulties, balance problems, and changes in mood or behavior. Distinguishing between TBI-related symptoms and those associated with Parkinson's disease can be challenging, particularly if there is a considerable time gap between the TBI and the onset of Parkinson's symptoms.

What Should You Do if You've Suffered a TBI in an Accident Caused by Someone Else? 

Being involved in an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury is a devastating event, and in many cases, the injury can have permanent effects. When there are long-term consequences dealing with medical care and other therapies, it can pose a financial burden for you and your family. When your injury is due to another’s negligence, our team of experienced lawyers wants to help you hold them accountable for their actions. We’ll protect your right to receive the maximum compensation that you deserve. Here are some of the ways we can assist you:

  • Gathering evidence. Our lawyers will help collect relevant evidence to support your claim. This may include medical records, diagnostic test results, expert opinions, eyewitness testimonies, accident reports, and any other relevant documentation. They will also interview witnesses and consult with medical professionals to build a strong case.
  • Establishing negligence. To succeed in a TBI case, you generally need to prove that someone else's negligence or intentional actions caused your injury. We will investigate the incident, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work with experts to establish a link between the defendant's actions and your TBI.
  • Developing a legal strategy. Based on the facts of your case, our lawyers will develop a tailored legal strategy to maximize your chances of winning. This may involve negotiations with the opposing party, pursuing a settlement, or preparing for trial.
  • Expert testimony. In complex TBI cases, we may engage expert witnesses, such as neurologists, neuropsychologists, or vocational rehabilitation specialists, who can provide professional opinions on the cause, severity, and long-term effects of your TBI. Expert testimony can strengthen your case significantly.
  • Negotiation and settlement. Many personal injury cases, including TBI cases, are resolved through negotiation and settlement. We will engage in these discussions on your behalf, seeking a fair and just settlement that compensates you for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
  • Trial representation. If your case proceeds to trial, our lawyers will represent you in court, presenting evidence, questioning witnesses, and arguing your case before a judge and jury. They will use their litigation skills and legal knowledge to advocate for your rights and present a compelling argument.
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