When California residents think about brain injuries caused by car accidents, they may believe that the brain bounces around inside the skull. However, this is not actually how brain injuries work. A professor at Columbia University stated that the brain has a consistency closer to Jell-O and that when trauma occurs, the brain cells actually warp against the interior of the skull.
Traumatic brain injuries are not always apparent immediately, because it can take some time for the brain cells to die. While there is no treatment for brain damage once it has occurred, there is a small window of time where further damage can be prevented. Research was being conducted to understand how the trauma actually causes the damage.
The professor and his research team were using slices of rat brains, which can last for several weeks, to recreate the damage caused by trauma. This can result from contact sports, car accidents and falls. The researchers can watch how the damage occurs in real time. With this information, the team can determine how many cells die during the initial trauma and how the brain tissue actually acts before it tears.
A traumatic brain injury can result in permanent disability, potentially leaving the injured victim unable to earn a living or to have a high quality of life. If the injury was caused by the negligence of another person, such as in a motor vehicle accident that was the fault of a distracted or impaired driver, then the injured victim may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to determine the available methods of seeking compensation for the losses that have been incurred.