Many people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year. While some head injuries may amount to only a mild concussion, some can be completely life-altering. Additionally, the effects of traumatic brain injuries can remain undetected for years. Evidence gathered from new studies suggests that there is a link between traumatic brain injuries and the development of brain cancer later in life. A brain injury attorney may be able to help you pursue a lawsuit for damages.
The attorneys at the Hampton, Virginia-based Brain Injury Law Center are very experienced in litigating brain injury cases. They are leaders in personal injury lawsuits and are skilled in brain injury litigation. Contact us online or by calling (757) 244-7000 to talk to one of our helpful associates and begin the legal process. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you achieve justice.
Can a Head Injury Cause Cancer? Brain Cancer After a Head Injury May Be Linked
Researchers and scientists have long suspected a link between traumatic brain injuries and the later development of certain brain cancers. Now, new studies conducted by researchers at the Cancer Institute of UCLA demonstrate a close connection between head injuries and the development of brain cancer.
In their studies, researchers demonstrated that brain inflammation, caused by a blow to the head, may kickstart genetic mutations in brain cells — making them more likely to become cancerous. Researchers also consulted the medical records of 20,000 individuals who had sustained head injuries. They then compared the rate of brain cancer to a control group.
Through these comparisons, researchers were able to determine that those people who had sustained a head injury were almost four times more likely to develop brain cancer later in life. A head injury lawyer may be able to help you bring a lawsuit for damages and hold accountable parties responsible.
How Can a Brain Injury Attorney Help Me?
If someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer a head injury, you may have the right to bring a lawsuit for damages. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need additional medical care and treatment, specific therapies, and medications.
Bringing a lawsuit for damages and holding a responsible party accountable may be the only way to ensure you are financially prepared to handle your injuries.
Damages in a head injury lawsuit may include:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future earning capacity and future wages
- Compensation for medical bills and medical treatments
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Compensation for any ongoing therapies or medical treatments
If the facts and circumstances surrounding your case are truly harmful, a court can also choose to award punitive damages in addition to economic damages. Economic damages refer to financial losses have experienced or will experience in the future because of your injury. Punitive damages are meant to punish the offending party for particularly outlandish behavior and discourage others from acting in the same manner.
Head Injuries and Cancer: Symptoms
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in any instance where you sustain a blow to the head. Injuries resulting from traumatic brain injuries may range from mild concussions to severe injuries that require life-long medical care.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may include:
- Memory loss
- Persistent headaches
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of consciousnes
Repeated head trauma can increase the risk of developing more serious injuries or illnesses later in life such as brain cancer. Other conditions such as epilepsy may develop after sustaining a head injury. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is characterized by recurrent seizures. The CDC has reported a correlation between the development of epilepsy and traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries can occur during car or truck accidents, during participation in recreational sports, assaults, or slip and fall accidents. Any blow or bump to the head can result in a head injury with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.
Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney
The lawyers at the Brain Injury Law Center will work for you to achieve the best possible results. They recognize the importance of a damages settlement to your healing process and medical care.
The caring lawyers at the Brain Injury Law Center are well-practiced in brain injury litigation. Their dedication has resulted in remarkable results for their clients including a $10 million dollar settlement for a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. Contact us online or by calling (757) 244-7000. Let us help you begin the legal process today.