Many injuries will fully heal when given the proper medical care. If you break your arm, most of the time, you’re going to be able to get a cast that will allow the bone to heal properly.
This is not always the case with traumatic brain injuries. Some healing may happen, but that healing may not be complete. Healing may occur for a few months and then stop progressing. In some cases, no healing is ever really observed. What is it that makes the brain so different than other parts of the body?
An inability to regenerate cells
One thing that makes the brain different is that it can’t regenerate most of the neural cells used to comprise the organ itself. Other parts of your body can. This is why your skin can heal or your bones can fuse back together when set properly by a medical professional. Your body is able to regenerate new cells as the existing cells divide.
However, since neural cells cannot be regenerated in the same way, your brain faces a different challenge. It may not be able to re-create a cell that was killed in a traumatic accident, but it can search for a new neural pathway that will achieve the same results. In some cases, these pathways can be found, and that’s when you do see some level of healing. But, in other cases, pathways are unable to be created, and so symptoms of a TBI can last for the rest of your life.
If you are dealing with such a serious injury, it may come with high costs and long-term medical care. Make sure you know exactly how to seek the type of compensation you deserve.