Blogs » Law and Legal Services » Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW BLOG


Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW BLOG
Do you have TBI? You are more likely to end up in prison.
Return to Blog 
Deutschmann Law

Sustaining a traumatic brain injury will mean that you may suffer from many physical symptoms of the injury. Many of the symptoms are well known, ringing ears, headaches, and sensitivity to light and noise. More serious TBI can result in physical and cognitive impairments that are temporary or long lasting, even permanent. These may include memory loss, and difficulty walking, speaking, and doing fine motor skills.

What is less known by people is that TBI can result in emotional problems, that it can change someone’s personality. This combined with any cognitive decline can be a recipe for disaster. Acting inappropriately, and acting on impulse can become serious problems for some people. Why this happens we aren’t quite sure. Obviously, some symptoms of TBI are directly related to what area of the brain is injured. Others symptoms may correspond to the severity of the injury or the number of previous concussions sustained.

The CMAJ Open journal recently published an article “Association between traumatic brain injury and incarceration: a population-based cohort study”, which determined that there is evidence suggesting that “sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TNI) increases the risk of criminal justice system involvement, including incarceration”. The study goes on to explore the relationship between TBI and risk of being incarcerated in Canada among men and women.

The study concluded that sufferers of TBI have more than twice the rate of incarceration in Federal Prisons in Canada than those without TBI. Women were even more likely to be incarcerated with a 2.76 times greater likelihood of being imprisoned. This is a significant increase in risk. The inmates’ histories of TBI were obtained from their emergency and hospital records, and the incarceration history from the Federal government. It’s interesting to note that many instances of TBI may be have been missed if the individuals didn’t seek emergency care.

The Study authors concluded that, “Traumatic brain injury was associated with an increased risk of incarceration among men and women in Ontario. Our research highlights the importance of designing primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies to mitigate risk of TBI and incarceration in the population.”

Many individuals with TBI and repeated concussions aren’t getting the appropriate long term care they require. They fall between the cracks, not getting follow-up care. Many of the victims of TBI are living at the fringes of society even before they are injured, and the injury can push them to addiction and homelessness.  Experts conclude that it should be no surprise that unemployed, unhealthy individuals are getting into trouble with the law and are ending up in jail.  There are increasing calls from the medical and academic communities to develop better screening for TBI in prisons, and for appropriate treatments and accommodations to be made for victims of TBI.

The cost to society, and to the victims of TBI is large.

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 - 09:40:00 AM EST
 Comments  (0) Post a Comment 
   By Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - Visit Our Business Directory Listing  |   Return to Blog 

Blogs Home   |   Start a Blog   |   Subscribe To Blog
News   |   Announcements   |   Events Calendar
Contact The News Editor   |   News FAQs

    <<     January  2018     
S M Tu W Th F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      
Jump to:

Article Categories
Disability Law
Car Insurance
Personal Injury Law

Recent Articles
Car Insurance Companies Record Profits, Reduced Payouts
Car/Animal Collisions are a Major Source of Ontario Insurance Claims
Changes to Ontario Legislation are designed to protect first responders, pedestrians, cyclists
Chronic Pain
Concussion Symptoms Linger in Children and Young Adults
Curlers are thinking about head safety
Disabled People Still Face Employment Discrimination
Distracted and Inattentive Driving
Do you have TBI? You are more likely to end up in prison.
Drinking and Driving - Are We Winning the Fight?
Driver suspected of impaired but playing Pokémon Go instead
Driving high now carries same consequences as driving drunk
Driving wrong way on highway - drunk or confused?
Even One Concussion Can Change Your Life Forever
Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer for Personal Injury Cases
Hospital Parking Fees Finally Frozen
Hover Boards Were a Hot Christmas Gift
How do you know if you need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Insurance for Uber Drivers Is Now Automatic in Ontario
Is 'Accident' the right word to use in a car crash?

Articles by Month of Posting
January 2017
January 2016
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
August 2012
July 2012
May 2012
April 2012