Will a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Ever Heal?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often considered by medical professionals to be the worst form of injury a person can experience. In most cases, a TBI will cause immediate and obvious debilitation of some kind, or even death. In other instances, the patient only shows mild symptoms that are difficult to diagnose but serious harm has been caused all the same. However, the common thread within TBIs is their permanence.
The human body is capable of healing and repairing most any injury, if given the right medical treatments and enough time. Even a spinal cord injury may be able to improve with intense and near-constant rehabilitation sessions. Yet a traumatic brain injury seems to never heal. Do brain cells not regenerate?
Current scientific understandings through neuroanatomy tell a slightly different story. It does appear that brain cells can regenerate but incredibly slowly. A debilitating brain injury will degenerate the cells around it at a rate, which may accelerate as years go by, equal to or greater than the rate at which the brain can heal itself. The end result is an injury that is apparently unable to heal.
Recent JAMA Study Reaffirms Brain Injury Permanence
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently conducted an extensive study of the brains of deceased football players in an effort to gain a better understanding of traumatic brain injuries and their permanence. 110 of 111 brains of deceased footballers who played in the major leagues were found to have mild to severe cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). There is some skepticism about the rate of brain injuries caused by football play since the brains studied came from people who likely knew they had some sort of head injury.
However, the JAMA study does show more clearly that brain injuries do not or cannot heal naturally. Many of the volunteers had not played football for years before passing away. This suggests they developed CTE while playing and lived the rest of their lives undiagnosed while the injury never improved.
(For more information about the JAMA study, you can view a previous blog post we created about it by clicking here.)
San Francisco Brain Injury Attorneys
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with a TBI? The lifetime medical costs associated with treating the injury and caring for the patient will likely range well into the tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. Some TBI patients even need millions of dollars’ worth of treatment when everything is calculated across the many years of their lives.
To seek fair compensation and to ensure you will be financially stable after your TBI injury, you should contact Scarlett Law Group and our San Francisco personal injury attorneys. With our help, you may be able to pinpoint the party or parties liable for your brain injury and file a claim against them. Some of our largest recent case results include multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for brain injury clients who were in situations just like yours.