At least three million Americans live with serious brain injuries, some of which were suffered in accidents caused by the negligence of another person. Most of these people are no longer tracked or institutionally cared for after initial treatment. They are often taken care of by their families or have to take care of themselves. These injured people usually have to manage problems with fatigue, attention and concentration and typically have no hope of improvement.
But recently, a team of clinical researchers reported some degree of hope. With a medical device implant that stimulates brain activity, they were able to restore almost-normal levels of brain function to a woman who was seriously hurt in an auto accident 20 years ago.
The scientists on the case say it was merely a test, and it was not clear whether the brain procedure would lead to improvements for others like her. But three to five million brain-damaged Americans could potentially see improvements with the electrical device. Many of them are war veterans who have disabilities that are related to serious brain injuries.
Woman Was Student When Accident Occurred
The woman, now in her 40s, was a student when the car accident happened. She recovered enough after a few months to live on her own, but she had major problems with fatigue and was unable to concentrate or read for long. She could not hold a good job, socialize or continue to study.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous after the procedure, has reported that her life has changed for the better. She deals with much less fatigue, and she is able to read large books. It is possible that future patients will not experience the same level of recovery, but scientists want to continue with other patients to see what is possible.
Operation Put Two Electrodes Into the Thalamus
The thalamus is known as a ‘switching center’ deep within the brain. Being precise was very important. Prior to the surgery, the team did major work to determine the areas of her brain that support the frontal cortex, which is used in thinking and planning, as well as the basal ganglia, which supports memory and learning.
The progress being made with patients with serious brain injuries is encouraging, but there is no question that people who suffer TBIs have a long road to recovery. If your loved one suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, speaking to a personal injury attorney is important.
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If your loved one suffered a serious brain injury in an accident caused by someone else, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. You could be eligible for compensation for your loved one’s medical costs, pain and suffering and other damages. Be sure to reach out to The Mann Law Firm for a free consultation about your brain injury case.