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Study Says Outcomes for Minorities with Brain Injuries are Poorer

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3d rendered illustration of the human brain anatomy Minorities suffering from traumatic brain injuries are less likely to have successful outcomes, according a recent study by the Kessler Foundation. The study, published this month in the journal, Neurorehabilitation, found that a victim’s success rate in long-term treatment is better if he or she is a Caucasian. The study acknowledges the significant growth of minority and immigrant populations in the United States. The rate of traumatic brain injuries is also increasing in the United States, researchers say.

Inadequacies in Cultural Sensitivity

However, traditional treatments for brain injuries appear to lead to health disparities among minorities and poor long-term outcomes. Why do minorities have poorer outcomes? Researchers who conducted this study say they are not quite sure why, but that a better treatment program should take into account factors such as ethnicity, language, religion and even the patient’s sexual orientation.

Cultural sensitivity is an important consideration for professionals in brain injury research and rehabilitation, the study states. More and more minorities are “being included in the patient population with brain injuries.” Their risk for brain injury is higher as is the likelihood for poorer outcomes. The study shows that among minority patients who receive rehabilitation after brain injury “health disparities persist and affect long-term outcomes.”

The Challenges of Living with a Brain Injury

Regardless of race or ethnicity, living with a brain injury is a significant challenge. Many brain injury victims must undergo weeks if not months of costly treatment and rehabilitation. Almost all serious traumatic brain injuries leave victims with permanent disabilities affecting vital body functions, mental abilities such as memory as well as behavior. In disadvantaged and minority communities, the challenges may sometimes be insurmountable. This is precisely why brain injury victims need access to resources in their communities.

Compensation for Brain Injury Victims

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our skilled personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Please contact us TOLL FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). WE CAN EVEN COME TO YOU. There is no attorneys’ fee unless we recover money for you. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

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Source: Science Daily

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