A new study released recently claims to have found a link between traumatic brain injuries and neurological and psychiatric disorders. The results of the study could have a serious impact on accident victims who suffer brain injuries. The most common causes of brain injuries are car accidents, falls, and sports injuries. Victims of brain injuries may need to discuss the increased risk of future medical conditions with their doctors and attorneys prior to settling an accident claim.
UCLA Researchers Discover of Master Genes
Associate professor of integrative biology and physiology at the University of California Los Angeles said in a press release, “We believe these master genes are responsible for traumatic brain injury adversely triggering changes in many other genes.” The UCLA biologists studied the effects of brain injuries in rats. They identified what they termed “master genes” that they believe control hundreds of other genes. These other genes are linked to serious disorders and illnesses including autism, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
When a brain injury damages the master genes, it can lead to damage of other genes increasing the risk of developing a serious disorder or disease. The master gene can cause other genes to change the number of expressed copies of the gene within a cell or cause genes to produce irregular forms of protein.
Pennsylvania Brain Injury Lawsuits
When you are injured in an accident, you suffer physical, emotional, and financial damages. The financial damages are often directly related to the severity of your physical injuries. When a brain injury is involved, the financial damages can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially if long-term medical and personal care are required.
Because of the potential for permanent, life-altering conditions related to brain injuries, many insurance companies try to settle claims as quickly as possible to lower the amount they must pay for the claim. Before settling a claim involving a brain injury, you need to consult with an experienced Erie personal injury attorney to discuss the value of your claim.
Valuing a Brain Injury Claim
Valuing a brain injury claim can be more complex than other types of accident claims, especially with the risk of developing future medical conditions. In addition to being compensated for your current lost wages, medical bills, physical pain, and other damages, you may be entitled to receive compensation for future damages. However, calculating future damages can be a very complex undertaking that requires the assistance of experts in the financial field and medical field.
As an experienced Erie personal injury attorney, I understand the steps required and the factors involved in calculating a brain injury claim. My goal is to maximize your compensation to provide for your future care in addition to receiving reimbursement for your past out-of-pocket costs and damages.
Remember, once you sign a release and settle your claim, you cannot go back to claim additional money, even if you discover additional damages that you were unaware of at the time you settled your claim. It is extremely important to work closely with your physicians and you attorney to ascertain your prognosis and future damages before you settle your claim.
Call an Erie Personal Injury Attorney
Being injured in an accident is a traumatic event. Dealing with an insurance adjuster simply adds to the stress and anxiety you feel while you are trying to recover from your injuries. Instead of dealing with the insurance company for the other party, hire a legal team to fight for your rights and your best interest while you focus on your health, family, and recovery.
Call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys. We are here to help you as you struggle to recover after a negligent, careless, or reckless individual causes you to be injured.