College Grads Recover More Rapidly from TBI

A new study from Johns Hopkins has found that people with a higher level of education may recover more rapidly from traumatic brain injury. The study reviewed the records of over 760 adults who sustained brain injury serious enough to require hospitalization and rehabilitation. One year after injury, researchers found 36 percent of those with enough education to have completed college were fully recovered. Among those who had not finished high school, only 10 percent were free of injury-related complications.

The exact reason for this difference is not known, though it is suspected that cognitive reserve plays a role. Cognitive reserve is the theory that the brain becomes more resilient and resourceful as it gains knowledge. This may, in turn, enable it to find ways to work around damage following injury.

The Cost of TBI Recovery

According to the American Congress of Rehabilitation, the average cost of acute treatment following TBI is $98,000. Immediate rehabilitation adds an additional $43,000 on average – and even then only two to three months of treatment are completed. Long-term costs from TBI can easily range into the millions and full recovery, regardless of education level, is never a guarantee.

Victims of TBI deserve swift and effective legal representation. The Vermont injury lawyers at Van Dorn & Curtiss are here to take your case and fight for your rights, helping you secure the total compensation you deserve.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our Vermont injury lawyers, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today.


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