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Study Finds Long Term Damage and Vulnerabilities from Brain Injury

Posted on January 10, 2013

Each year, about 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, this can lead to long-term brain damage. TBI causes inflammation, which can suppress growth of brain cells and can make a person more vulnerable to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

The study also points out that therapy can help stave off permanent damage, even during the most chronic period of TBI. That’s why the Orlando traumatic brain injury attorneys at Farah & Farah emphasize that you need to exercise your legal rights when a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another. We will work tirelessly to see that your family gets the compensation they will need to pay for medical care and essential rehabilitative therapy.

According to Dr. Cesar V. Borlongan, a professor at the University of South Florida and the study’s lead author, TBI exacts a heavy toll each year. “TBI is responsible for 52,000 early deaths, accounts for 30 percent of all injury-related deaths, and costs approximately $52 billion yearly to treat,” he told Medical Daily.

Researchers looking at TBI found that inflammation causes a second wave of cell death that impedes the brain’s ability to regenerate. That is why it is vitally important that therapy begin immediately to prevent some of the possible long-term damage that may result.

The causes of traumatic brain injuries are varied: from automobile accidents to medical malpractice. The results can be devastating, both emotionally and financially. If you have a question about your legal options, call the law firm of Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online. We’re here to help you and your family.