Fay Law Group, P.A.
Free Initial Consultations Phone Answered 24 Hours A Day

Traumatic brain injury linked to risky behavior in teens

There is no doubt that traumatic brain injuries can affect lives. The victim of the TBI can suffer from physical difficulties. They can also suffer from mental or emotional turmoil. When a teenager suffers from a TBI, there is another issue that comes into the picture.

Teens who suffer from a TBI are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as smoking cigarettes, using marijuana and drinking alcohol. Because concussions are brain injuries, parents who have a teen who suffered from a concussion should keep a watchful eye out for signs of those behaviors.

A study that included more than 9,000 students who were in grades seven to 12 showed that girls who suffered a TBI were more likely to engage in 13 harmful behaviors. Boys were more likely to engage in nine harmful behaviors after suffering a TBI.

Teen girls who suffered a TBI, which was defined as a brain injury requiring an overnight stay in the hospital or resulted in at least five minutes of unconsciousness, were more likely to be anxious, consider suicide and suffer from depression. The increased risk of depression and suicide weren't present in the males that participated in the survey.

Another aspect of a teen's life that can be affected is their school life. Teens who suffered a TBI are more likely to get poor grades in school. That can affect them far beyond their teen years.

Teens who are injured in accidents that were caused by the recklessness or negligence of someone might explore seeking compensation. If you have a teen who suffered effects of a TBI, learning your options and determining your course of action is vital.

Source: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., "Teens With Traumatic Brain Injury More Likely to Drink, Use Marijuana," accessed Oct. 04, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Our Promise To You No matter what your case involves, you can depend on Fay Law Group for honest advice, careful attention to detail, and individualized client service. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Proud Sponsors We here at Fay Law Group, P.A., continue a tradition of military support established more than 40 years ago.
attorney photo

Washington Office
777 Sixth Street, N.W.
Suite 410
Washington, DC 20001

Map & Directions

Rockville Office
206 North Adams
Rockville, MD 20850

Map & Directions

Silver Spring Office
2048 Merrifield Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Map & Directions

Frederick Office
235 W. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Map & Directions