Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers Cite Advances in Traumatic Brain Injury TestingJune 8, 2015
Following a car accident or other violent event, obvious injuries – like broken bones and lacerations – will heal gradually over time. It is often the injury which cannot be seen; however, that poses the greatest threat to the potential for a full recovery. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a victim suffers a violent blow or jolt to the head or body causing a temporary dysfunction of brain cells. TBI can present with mild symptoms, like facial paralysis and impaired decision-making, or lead to more severe symptoms, including a vegetative state or even brain death. According to the Brain Trauma Foundation, approximately two percent of the American population is currently living with the effects of a TBI. Moreover, TBI claims an average of 52,000 lives each year.
Previously, the ability of the medical community to accurately assess the extent of a TBI has been hampered. Medical personnel have had little choice but to rely upon qualitative diagnostic measures, such as subjective questionnaires that seek to measure short-term memory loss. Recent advancements in technology are offering hope to TBI sufferers and their physicians; however, according to Baltimore brain injury lawyers. A multi-disciplinary team from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Samitaur Medical Technologies (SMT) recently announced that medical personnel might soon be able to detect not only the existence of a TBI, but also its severity through the study of biomarkers.
A molecular or cellular alteration indicative of a disease, infection or environmental exposure, biomarkers have already proven useful in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. According to LANL and SMT, similar biomarkers are also immediately apparent after a TBI has been sustained. Because characterizing and differentiating between biomarkers can be problematic, LANL and SMT are focusing their efforts on the use of mass spectrometry, biomarker detection and a comparison of cerebrospinal fluids between healthy and suspected brain-injured individuals who have chosen to participate in the study. The group is hopeful that their research will lead not only to faster and more accurate TBI diagnoses, but also to advances in TBI treatment.
Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent TBI Victims
A TBI is a life-altering injury, with long-lasting effects that are not easily overcome. If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI as a result of negligence by another, contact LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, personal injury lawyers in Maryland. We work on a contingency basis, recovering our fee only when we win for you. Call us at 1-877-854-2138 or contact us online today to begin your free consultation at our office in Baltimore, Maryland where we proudly serve clients in Baltimore County and the surrounding communities.