After someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to an accident or damaging incident, like medical malpractice, there is no guarantee they will ever fully recover from that injury. In fact, the majority of brain injuries never seem to heal, no matter how much time goes by. Why is it that the brain lacks the regenerative properties belonging to most other parts of the body?
Although studies are still being conducted and what is known now is not fully understood, research does indicate that the brain can and does regenerate cells. However, it does so quite slowly. The rate at which a brain can heal itself is generally much slower or as slow as the rate at which a brain injury degenerates and worsens over time. The result is an injury that either never gets better or gradually gets worse.
This scientific finding was highlighted in a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study that looked for TBIs in the brains of deceased football players. In a result that startled even the researchers, 110 of the 111 brains of National Football League players had clear signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease believed to be caused by repeated concussions that cause tissue scarring. 67 of the 91 brains of players in lower leagues also had CTE.
Not only did the data suggest that high contact sports cause CTE, but it also indicated that brain injuries do not heal naturally at a rate that can overcome the harm. Many of the deceased footballers had not played the sport for years or even decades. This suggests the injury persisted and worsened up until their passing.
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For personal injury lawyers and brain injury patients around the country, the JAMA study reaffirmed what they already knew: plaintiffs in brain injury claims deserve and need maximized compensation. Any reward given to the plaintiff from the liable party that caused the brain injury, such as a negligent driver in a motorcycle accident case, needs to be calculated in a way that considers past, current, and future damages. Otherwise, the plaintiff could be out thousands or millions of dollars’ worth of medical costs, lost wages, and noneconomic damages, like the lessened enjoyment of day-to-day life.
The Pittman Firm, P.A. is capable of managing personal injury claims of all levels of complication, including brain injury cases. Florida brain injury Attorney Wes Pittman acts with appropriate urgency and carefulness, considering all details and determining the maximized amount of compensation that should be given to his clients. Discover how his firm can empower your own brain injury claim today by calling (850) 764-0383 or filling out an online contact form.