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How your gender can affect your brain injury

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

You might not think that your gender plays a role in how a traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects your life. However, groundbreaking research from Stanford University reveals that the experiences and consequences of brain injuries seem to vary significantly between men and women.

Understanding the differences

Recent studies, such as those led by researchers at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford School of Medicine, have begun to uncover surprising trends in how TBIs affect different genders. Here are some key findings:

  • Women are more likely to experience depression, substance abuse, and memory problems post-TBI.
  • They are also more susceptible to homelessness and unemployment following a severe brain injury.
  • Physically, women show a greater extent of cortical thinning in the brain than men when controlling for factors like severity of injury. Thinned cortex after a brain injury has been linked to various post-injury symptoms.

These differences could have real-world implications for treatment and recovery processes. The research suggests that men and women need tailored approaches to treatment following brain injuries. What works for male brain trauma patients could be less effective for women.

The role of legal support

Regardless of gender, suffering a TBI in a car accident can profoundly impact your life and your ability to support your family. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can be a significant step in such cases. They can help you understand your rights and assist in seeking fair compensation from insurance companies.