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New Study Explains Why Rest is Critical After a Brain Injury

April 04, 2016

Each year, millions of people visit the emergency room (downloads a .PDF) for the evaluation and treatment of a traumatic brain injuries. Over 50,000 tragically die from these injuries, and another 275,000 are hospitalized. Head injury victims are often ordered to rest. Now, a new study conducted by Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists and published in the American Journal of Pathology demonstrates why this is sound advice.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we understand how serious a traumatic brain injury can be. These injuries commonly result from car, truck, or motorcycle crashes, as well as slip and fall and sports accidents. The following is an overview of the importance of rest following a brain injury and what you should do if you have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident.

Investigators created a mouse study that replicated repetitive, mild concussive impacts. They compared the brain's response to a single concussion with injuries received daily for 30 days and injuries received weekly over 30 weeks. The results were as follows:

  • Mice with a single head injury lost 10-15 percent of neural connections in their brains, but did not experience inflammation or cell death;
  • Within three days following the injury, all neural connections were restored;
  • Mild concussions experienced daily over 30 days resulted in inflammation and damage to the brain's white matter; and
  • Damage worsened over two months and was still apparent a year after the last impact.

The results of this study mirror what scientists have observed in humans years after multiple traumatic brain injuries. Brain damage due to multiple concussions is called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and it was at the heart of the massive NFL lawsuit. In the suit, players stepped forward to hold the NFL accountable for their considerable brain damage, evident years after they played professional football.

From this study, we should all take away the importance of resting and protecting one's head following a head injury. A subsequent concussion injury is extremely dangerous while the brain is still recovering from the initial blow. As such, any traumatic brain injury victim should not resume sports or other activities that threaten the head for some time after the accident.

Damages For Your Traumatic Brain Injury

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident that involved negligence, you should be eligible to receive compensation from the at-fault party responsible for your injuries.  Consult with a personal injury lawyer for a free consultation as well as personalized assistance and advice as to your legal rights.

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Category: Personal Injury

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