A study conducted by researchers from the University of South Florida have discovered that the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries are characterized by chronic inflammation, suppression of cell regeneration and neuronal cell loss producing numerous cognitive and motor limitations. Fortunately, the study has also found that therapy, even when started once the effects of TBI are chronic, may still prevent further brain cell loss.
Government statistics show that an estimated 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year. Additionally, annually, traumatic brain injuries are responsible for 52,000 early deaths, account for 30 percent of all injury-related deaths, and cost approximately $52 billion to treat every year.
A traumatic brain injury causes cells at the point of impact to die as a result of the trauma. However, cell death does not stop there. As these dead cells decompose, they release toxic substances that often cause the brain to swell. As the brain swells within the limited confines of the skull, the veins and arteries that carry vital oxygen to the brain are constricted or reduced, cutting the flow of oxygen to the brain. This oxygen deprivation causes more brain cells to die, turning this into a vicious circle that doctors must stop or the patient dies or suffers severe brain damage.
Moreover, even when death is avoided, the long-term neurological deficits brought about by the inflammation that traumatic brain injury causes make the patient suffer more severe secondary injuries and predispose the long-term survivors to age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic dementia.
Acute and Chronic Stages of TBIs
Traumatic brain injuries involve both acute and chronic stages and scientists thought that research with animals at the chronic stages could help them figure out better therapies for the post-acute stages. Researchers found through this study that a massive neuro-inflammation after a traumatic brain injury causes a second wave of cell death that impairs cell proliferation and impedes the brain’s regenerative capabilities. However, they also found that when they applied therapy even at the chronic level, further deterioration was avoided.
In past posts we have talked about different kinds of treatments devised by doctors to deal with the swelling of the brain as a result of the chemical substances released by dead cells. Thankfully, many of these studies indicate that the faster we provide rehabilitation therapy to people that have suffered some kind of traumatic brain injury, the better chances they have to recover. Unfortunately, this brain therapy does not come cheap, which is why victims that have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of another’s negligent actions need the help of an experienced lawyer to recover the funds they need to pay for their rehabilitation and ongoing medical and personal needs.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Traumatic Brain Injuries Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have represented many clients that have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.
With more than 100 years of combined experience, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to help victims that have suffered any kind of traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident recover the funds they need for their rehabilitation.
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, a truck accident, an accident at an amusement park or as a result of any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. As stated before, a lawyer can help you seek financial compensation from those whose negligence caused your injuries as well as from their insurers. This financial compensation may include past and future medical expenses (including rehabilitation therapy), lost wages and pain and suffering.
We offer a free initial consultation and we work on contingency fees, which means that there is no charge unless we win your case.