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TBI: Recovery from serious accident focus of research study

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2015 | Brain Injury |

In many medical situations, doctors in New Mexico know how to address patients’ unique health care problems. One area that has left many clinicians confused, however, is brain injury, which can result from a fall or serious accident. A couple of researchers have been working to find out what area of the lengthy brain injury rehabilitation process has been most helpful for patients and why exactly this part of the process works.

The researchers launched a massive study seven years ago on brain injury-related rehabilitation. This study was recently published and involved over 2,000 subjects at multiple rehab centers, some in the United States. Patients at these types of centers usually complete intense rehabilitation in various disciplines, including speech pathology, social work and recreational therapy. What is at stake is the patient’s ability to not only rebuild his or her mental capacity and physical capabilities but also to experience rejuvenated self-worth.

Traumatic brain injury remains a significant problem. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two million visits to the emergency room and over 50,000 deaths back in 2010 were associated with brain injury. Last year, the CDC called for more research to fill in large gaps in existing research on brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries stemming from a serious accident or fall in New Mexico can have many negative health effects, including mental, cognitive and physical ones — all of which impact individuals differently. People whose brain injuries are the result of another’s negligence may find comfort in knowing that they have the right to file personal injury claims against the other party, seeking relief in the form of a monetary judgment for damages incurred. A financial award in a successful case may help the victim to cover medical costs and other losses resulting from the injury-causing incident.

Source: ksl.com, “Researchers find hints on brain injury recovery in massive study“, Daphne Chen, Oct. 11, 2015