Unfortunately, you are right to be concerned. The risk of suffering from depression after a Kentucky brain injury is significant, and so too are the potential consequences of depression if the condition is not treated.
According to one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):
- More than half of the people who suffer a traumatic brain injury will suffer from depression within one year of getting hurt. That is about eight times higher than the occurrence in the general population.
- Only about 45% of those who suffer from depression after a brain injury receive adequate treatment for their condition.
- Many people who suffer from depression after a brain injury are experiencing depression for the first time in their lives.
For these reasons it is important that your loved one’s doctor screen him or her for depression after a Kentucky brain injury, and, if necessary, recommend treatment. The failure to treat depression after a Kentucky brain injury can have serious and potentially fatal consequences.
For more information about what you can do to help a loved one who may be suffering from depression after a brain injury accident, please contact a Louisville brain injury lawyer. You can schedule an initial consultation with an experienced Louisville brain injury attorney by contacting us via this website or by calling us directly at 800.634.8767 or 502.210.8942.