California workers who experienced a brain injury as the result of an accident may find interest in a 2015 study by researchers at McMaster University in Canada. The study found that those with mild head injuries may still suffer from debilitating syndromes common after a concussion, such as headache, dizziness, cognitive issues and neuropsychiatric symptoms. These individuals may be suffering due to an inflammatory protein that leads to poor recovery after a brain injury.
In fact, one researcher involved in the study suggested that there should be an umbrella term for post-inflammatory brain syndromes. He explained that these findings would enable researchers to better understand cases in which there appear to be no visible cause of brain injury. Even when traditional brain imaging scans do not reveal a cause of injury, physicians may be able to offer treatments targeted at this inflammatory genetic condition.
In addition to the treatment options opened by this new discovery, researchers have also suggested that preventative measures may be taken as well. Scientists have already noticed that there are social factors that seem to be involved in the development of neuropsychiatric symptoms after a brain industry, and such factors may have a biological link through the inflammatory proteins. The study also provides hope that individuals suffering from such conditions may benefit from treatments commonly used to treat concussions.
For those who developed serious neuropsychiatric symptoms after a minor brain injury, the discovery of inflammatory proteins that impact recovery may have an impact on receiving compensation. Brain damage from sudden impact may have a much more significant effect on these individuals than on others without this genetic abnormality. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help someone with a permanent brain injury receive compensation for their long-term disability, including lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.