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Why a brain injury may not heal

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If you get in a car accident and you suffer a laceration to your skin, your skin can create new cells and repair the damage over time. Likewise, if you break a bone, a doctor can set it and the bone will slowly heal, as long as you keep it in a cast and don’t do more damage. Your body has a remarkable ability to heal itself.

However, one area where your body lacks this ability is in the brain, your most important and most fragile organ. The issue is that brain cells, for the most part, come with just a set amount. A person is born with a specific number of brain cells that cannot be replicated or replaced. If they suffer an injury that damages or kills those cells, this means that your brain may not be able to heal.

What will the brain do instead?

If the brain cannot replace cells, what it will try to do is seek out new neural pathways. Remember that all impulses in your brain are simply electrical charges, moving between different receptors and tissues. In some cases, the brain can find new ways to send the same signals so that your body will recover the skills that you previously had.

But this isn’t always possible, and there are also cases where people see very limited healing or almost none at all. This could be because of a very severe injury, or it could simply be that the brain cannot find a new neural pathway and cannot replicate the cells that it needs to make that connection.

This means you may be dealing with some of the symptoms for life, making it very important to know about your legal options to seek compensation.