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Brain injuries do not always heal completely

Some brain injuries will heal completely, or they will at least get close enough that it appears virtually identical. For instance, if someone has a concussion, they will typically feel better in a week or two. Even just 24 hours can show a very significant reduction in their symptoms.

But other brain injuries do not heal completely, even with extensive medical care. Someone who suffers a brain injury in a car accident, for instance, may have certain symptoms that last for life. These could include issues with memory, mobility problems, emotional changes, cognitive issues and much more.

Why does this happen?

Part of the reason for this is that the brain cannot create most cells. Instead, people are born with neurons, which make up the full capacity of brain cells that they will ever have. Even through brain development, the brain is not necessarily creating very many brand new cells.

What this means is that an injury to the brain may not be able to heal because cells that were lost can’t be replaced by new ones. This is much different than the other parts of the body. Instead of creating these new cells, in most cases, the brain has to look for new pathways and new neural connections. It is not always going to find them, and the damage can’t always be repaired, so some symptoms may linger or last forever.

Seeking compensation

At the end of the day, a brain injury is one that can change the course of a person’s entire life. If someone else was responsible for those injuries, they may need to know how to seek financial compensation.

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