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Certain health conditions may be caused by a brain injury

Doctors and researchers have recently connected traumatic brain injury, such as those commonly suffered during car accidents, and the risk for seizures. While the clinical study was done with mice, there is strong evidence that epilepsy can come after a serious brain injury or head trauma. The study focused on damaged brain cells and neurotransmitter levels.

When a Massachusetts driver is injured in a car accident and suffers damage to the brain, it can cause cell death in the brain. The cell death then leads to the build-up of dangerous levels of certain chemicals. Doctors believe that this causes an onset of epilepsy. It is possible that, by saving these cells, doctors can eventually help with some of the damages sustained in serious car accidents. They believe that, as they begin to understand traumatic injuries to the brain more, it may be possible to save victims from the risk of horrible side effects, such as epilepsy.

It is estimated that more than two million Americans suffer from epilepsy. Of these people, it is believed that 15 to 30 percent of people suffer from this condition as a result of a traumatic brain injury. While this may be most common from serious car accidents, it is possible that these numbers could include active duty military personnel and athletes.

If any Massachusetts resident is suffering from a brain injury as a result of a car accident, it is possible that serious side effects could follow. Victims who have suffered because of the actions of others could be eligible for financial compensation for their pain and suffering. Not every injured victim will develop epilepsy, but those who do may wish to explore every legal possibility.

Source: healthcanal.com, A New Cell Type is Implicated in Epilepsy Caused by Traumatic Brain Injury, No author, March 11, 2014

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