Paramedics preparing a stretcher for a wounded car accident victim

Paramedics preparing a stretcher for a wounded car accident victim


Researchers are studying better ways to assess the likelihood of brain injury following trauma to the head. Because brain injury is one of the leading causes of death and disability in auto accident victims in Dallas, Texas—and across the country—improved models that predict and evaluate traumatic brain injury can lead to better outcomes for patients. Mild traumatic brain injury is often difficult to diagnose immediately following a car accident, though it can cause minor to severe disability in victims. Common symptoms include insomnia, forgetfulness, depression, change in moods, and dizziness. Because mild traumatic brain injury can sometimes mimic other illnesses or general fatigue, patients are not always aware that there is a problem.
Better detection methods for identifying patients with traumatic brain injury and mild traumatic brain injury can lead to better care for patients. It can also increase the likelihood that patients will be able to clearly link their symptoms to a car accident as the cause. Auto accidents cost citizens millions every year. Victims who are equipped with the knowledge of the full extent of their injuries are better able to pursue appropriate personal injury litigation to receive compensation and care. Personal injury law firms like Stovall Law Group PLLC with access to better detection methods can also better serve their clients following an accident.
Currently, the Head Injury Criterion (HIC) is used by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to evaluate car safety. The criterion measures the likelihood that traumatic brain injury will take place given certain factors such as acceleration and time of acceleration. Scientists can determine the probability for severe head trauma given speed of the vehicle and impact. Lawyers studying the potential effects of an accident on victims can use the HIC to scientifically predict the severity of a client’s injuries.
According to the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, while the HIC is effective in determining the severity of brain injury during a straight-on acceleration, there is currently no complex model that can evaluate the effect of side or rotational impact. Researchers are also working on new models that can improve doctors’ abilities to detect traumatic injury in patients who suffer from rotational or side impact injuries.
One of the biggest barriers facing traumatic brain injury, especially mild traumatic brain injury, is knowledge of the condition and care. If doctors are better equipped to detect mild traumatic brain injury immediately following an accident, patients are more likely to receive earlier treatment and have better outcomes.
According to scientists writing for Computational and Mathematical Models in Medicine, head trauma is one of the main types of injuries seen following a car accident. The World Health Organization further reports that every year, half of the 1.3 million people injured in car accidents will suffer some form of head trauma. Sadly, without proper diagnosis, victims can’t receive the care they need, and may spend years paying for treatment out of pocket without realizing that the cause was a car accident.
The good news is that detection of head trauma is easier than ever, and scientists are constantly working to improve their models for better detection. For victims of auto accidents, this means that personal injury lawyers have better ways to link injuries to car accidents. For victims, this means a greater likelihood for treatment and justice. Go online to www.stovalllaw.com or call 972-774-1276 to speak with an attorney in the Dallas area today.

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