Medical Research Regarding TBI
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex and mysterious injury. No two TBI patients have the same experience, as the effects of the injury can vary greatly depending on where the injury occurred on the brain and how much brain tissue was damaged. While some TBI patients make a complete and relatively swift recovery, others may suffer from severe impairments for the rest of their lives. Because of the complexity and potential long-term impact of this injury, medical researchers are constantly trying to learn more about TBIs.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)1 is a leading organization when it comes to research efforts regarding TBI. In addition, the International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research (InTBIR)2 allows leading researchers from around the world to work together to learn more about TBI on a global scale. The following are only some examples of the latest research efforts on brain injuries.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – Must research has been conducted on this dangerous and often deadly condition that can result from multiple head injuries over the course of a person’s life. The difficulty with CTE is that it cannot be diagnosed without dissecting the brain, so it can only be diagnosed at an autopsy. For this reason, many CTE sufferers do not realize why they are are experiencing the serious symptoms of the condition, which can include emotional, cognitive, and physical impairments, as well as suicidal tendencies. Researchers are working to understand this condition, especially as it relates to professional athletes.
Brain Injury Trackers for Military Members – Last year, researchers announced3 they had developed an implant that wirelessly detects and transmits information regarding brain deformities caused by explosions and blasts in military members. Such tracking information can be invaluable in properly treating military members who have been near blasts.
How Heterogeneity Affects Secondary Injuries from TBI
Many conditions can develop as a result of TBIs, including the early onset of degenerative brain diseases. Studies are examining how age, gender, medical history, and other diverse factors affect the secondary injuries that are commonly suffered by brain injury victims in order to best prevent these complications in the future.
Pediatric Brain Injuries
TBIs can be particularly damaging for children, as their brains are still being developed and damage to the delicate tissue can cause long-term difficulties. Researchers have been focused4 on the most effective ways to treat pediatric brain injuries and developing and testing new therapies and techniques for treating young TBI patients in order to limit the effects they feel for the rest of their lives.
Intracranial pressure (ICP) is one of the most serious side effects and complications of TBI. When a doctor does not surgically implant an ICP monitor, there still must be close attention paid to possibly life-threatening swelling and pressure. Researchers are seeking new ways to manage pressure without the need of an ICP monitor implant.
While doctors still do not know everything there is to know about the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries, the medical field continues to conduct research to better understand how to treat brain injury patients and prevent complications. Research also assists with ensuring that TBI victims understand their own injury and recognize symptoms and get the accommodations they need at school or work. It is important for any attorney handling a brain injury case to be familiar with the latest research on this type of injury to best identify losses of clients and provide the highest level of assistance to brain injury victims.
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The highly experienced legal team at Dolman Law Group has successfully handled many cases involving traumatic brain injury and related complications. We know that the effects of this injury can be ongoing and that symptoms and effects are unique to each different victim. We guide you through every step of your case and take a personalized approach to ensure you receive the highest possible settlement or award in the most efficient and stress-free manner possible. If you have suffered a preventable traumatic brain injury, please do not hesitate to call our brain injury attorneys at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.
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