When someone has a traumatic incident such as a car or work accident it is very common for them to suffer orthopedic injuries to their back, neck, or knees for example. However, a traumatic event could also lead to abrupt hair loss in both men and women, and this is known as telogen effluvium.
The most common causes of telogen effluvium are stress, shock, and surgery. The stress from the triggering event can cause a person’s skin to suffer from poor circulation and this can result in a loss of one’s hair. Usually, when a person’s body is fighting to heal itself, their body will divert the nutrients needed for their hair follicles to grow, and these nutrients will then go to other areas of the body that have a more pressing need for them. Unfortunately, this causes hair loss, and it usually begins about three months after the traumatic event occurs. The hair loss could be significant with a person losing 50% of their hair with handfuls of their hair falling out at once.
The good news is that the hair loss is often temporary while the body continues to heal, and the hair will often grow back about six months after the traumatic event. There are also physicians that specialize in treating hair loss and there are treatment options that are available in order to restore hair growth, should the hair not return on its own.
Jared Teich, Attorney