A diagnostic technique for tuberculosis is showing promise as a method of detecting traumatic brain injuries (TBI.) A team of researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory has successfully used the technique to identify biomarkers consistent with head injuries. Having a biological test to indicate mild to severe brain trauma may prove much more effective than the cognitive tests currently used, and may help in developing treatment plans.
Biomarkers are tiny chemical changes that occur in the body. These traceable substances can be helpful indicators as to the body’s condition, but they can be difficult to detect. The challenge for the Los Alamos research team will be to identify those biomarkers that occur during a head injury and establish what they can indicate regarding the severity of the injury. By comparing biomarkers in normal brains to those of trauma victims, researchers will be able to determine the biological changes caused by an injury and hopefully be able to treat the injury more effectively.
Researchers are optimistic about the new approach, especially as it will benefit members of the military who have suffered head injuries. Traumatic brain injury has been called the “signature disease” of recent wars, as personnel in combat zones are at an extremely high risk of blows to the head. Professional athletes also are at an increased risk, particularly in high contact sports such as football or soccer, where repeated blows may cause cognitive damage over time.
However, a number of events can lead to a TBI, including construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, car accidents, or even due to someone else’s negligence. These injuries can range from mild concussions to extensive brain damage and may have lifelong consequences. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, an experienced Philadelphia brain injury lawyer can help determine who is at fault and hold that party responsible for their negligence.
Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Galfand Berger are dedicated to helping traumatic brain injury victims and their families get justice. Our knowledgeable, professional legal team will thoroughly review the facts of your case and prepare an aggressive legal strategy to get you the compensation you deserve. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia, Reading, and Bethlehem, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Call us today at 800-222-8792 or contact us online for a free consultation with a qualified brain injury lawyer in Philadelphia.