Could Pesticides cause traumatic brain injury? Pesticides are known neurotoxins used in agriculture, homes, landscapes, and workplaces to prevent or kill invasive pests or weeds. Many pesticides are only dangerous in large quantities and consistent exposure, but some could cause an injury even if exposed to a small amount. But could pesticides really cause a traumatic brain injury?
What Exactly is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury occurs when there is an impact to the head, such as a blow or sudden jolt, and causes damage to the brain. A significant traumatic brain injury can cause cognitive skills, language, communication, sensory, behavior, and emotional problems.
The severity of TBI can run the gamut from a mild concussion to a coma. A concussion can cause temporary confusion, headache and sometimes cause permanent cognitive changes, while a severe TBI can be fatal.
The brain injury is classified as a mild TBI if loss of consciousness, confusion, and disorientation lasts less than 30 minutes. Symptoms can include headache, nausea, speech problems, dizziness, or loss of balance.
Moderate brain injury can occur when a loss of consciousness and confusion lasts just a few hours, days or weeks, or months. Symptoms can include headache, memory problems, attention deficits, frustration, mood swings, or difficulty thinking.
Severe brain injury can result from a coma or prolonged unconsciousness lasting weeks, months, or longer. Symptoms will include cognitive impairment, the limited function of arms and legs, abnormal speech, and emotional and behavior problems. The patient may have temporary or permanent brain damage and may not recall what happened.
Brain injuries bring many health issues since they can cause physical, cognitive, and emotional impairment. Often, treating TBI requires long-term or life-long care, which can become costly.
J.G. Winter understands the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury on personal injury victims and their families. Jeremy Winter has worked with hundreds of people who have sustained traumatic injuries due to someone or a company’s negligence or carelessness. Whether you suffered a TBI in an accident or willful act, our goal at J.G. Winter is to help you hold negligent parties accountable and obtain the compensation necessary to rebuild your life.
The Effects of Pesticides on the Brain.
Exposure to chemicals or other poisonous materials can result in severe injury and medical issues, including damage to the brain and nervous system. Common toxic substances that can lead to injury include:
- Hydrogen Sulfide
- Methane Gas
Pesticides are known neurotoxins and are associated with many neurodegenerative disorders, including mild cognitive impairment and dementia, strongly linked to AD. Several studies have recognized that chronic or occupational pesticide exposure is a possible risk factor for dementia.
The most widely used insecticides in the world are Organophosphate pesticides. High exposure to these chemicals has long been dangerous, but low levels of exposure were thought to be relatively safe. However, researchers from University College London and the Open University have shown that the type of long-term, low-level exposure many farmers using the chemicals will have experienced produces long-term brain damage.
Chlorpyrifos, A Dow Chemical-Dupont pesticide, was banned from use in 2021 because scientific studies have linked its use to brain damage in children. The product has been used since 1965 in the spraying of crops. Numerous people in Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare counties in California have filed lawsuits against Dow-related companies and various farming companies on behalf of their children who suffer from severe brain and neurological injuries believed to be caused by exposure to Chlorpyrifos.
Cases of traumatic brain injury are often the result of negligence or willful, violent acts. A Sacramento, CA lawyer experienced with TBI can help an injured victim recover the maximum compensation to help with things like medical expenses, therapy costs, and lost income from your inability to work.
Are There Treatments for TBI?
Severe head injuries can be devastating, producing permanent mental and physical disability. Recovering from a severe head injury caused by a toxic substance can be lengthy, and it may take years to heal completely. In extreme cases of traumatic brain injury, the patient may not recover fully.
Long-term medical care and daily physical assistance can be costly, especially when the TBI patient cannot work. The physical, psychological, and behavioral changes associated with a brain injury can stress even the healthiest of family and marital relationships. Caregivers may have to obtain specialized equipment and learn to care for the patient’s disabilities.
Insurance companies do not usually offer a fair settlement to TBI victims and their families. They will pick apart your claim looking for any reason to reduce, delay, or deny it. Should they offer you a settlement, you owe it to yourself to consult an experienced TBI lawyer to determine your legal rights and options.
Speak to a Sacramento, CA Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
When you’re injured in a California accident, Jeremy Winter will be there for you at each step of the process to provide personalized and compassionate legal representation. We will assess the causes of your injury, calculate damages, and evaluate all available compensation sources. You might be able to recover for:
- Lost earnings and income
- The expenses of medical treatment- past, current, and future
- Occupational therapy & other rehabilitation services
- Suffering & Pain
- Companionship loss
- Punitive assessment for gross negligence or intentional misconduct
Suffering injuries from an accident or someone else’s negligence can be a devastating experience that can drastically change your life. While we can’t reverse the injury’s effects, J.G. Winter brain injury lawyers in Sacramento, CA, will fight for your rights and compensation for your financial and emotional losses.