Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one of the most devastating types of injuries associated with personal injury accidents, as victims may face long-term—or even permanent—physical, cognitive, communicative, or behavioral deficits. Such impairments can drastically affect nearly every aspect of a person's life, including their ability to carry out simple daily tasks, function in a workplace setting, or maintain appropriate professional, romantic, familial, or social relationships. Sadly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than 5 million people in the United States live with a disability caused by a TBI.
In February 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a first-of-its-kind TBI blood test with the potential to change how doctors diagnose these dangerous brain traumas. Though TBIs are traditionally diagnosed by evaluating patient behavior and administering tests like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), and computerized tomography (CT) scans, these methods may allow doctors to miss milder TBIs, also known as concussions or MTBIs. However, the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator detects even minor concussions quickly and accurately.
While emergency care, surgical procedures, medications, and rehabilitation remain front-line treatments for TBIs, emerging treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may soon offer patients another option. In the process of undergoing clinical trials, TMS is said to have shown promising results in restoring brain function after trauma.
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If you or someone you love sustained a TBI in an accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, it's important to understand your legal rights and options, so you can protect your ability to obtain a fair financial recovery. Don't leave your future to chance. The skilled attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can investigate your case and help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Do you have questions about seeking compensation for a TBI? Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation initial consultation.