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Can fish oil help West Virginia brain injury victims recover?

Car accidents in West Virginia are known to potentially cause serious injuries, particularly to the spinal cord and brain. For numerous car accident victims, the recovery process of a brain injury takes years or could result in a permanent disability that they have to live with the rest of their lives. For one boy who simply left his house for a walk and ended up being struck by a vehicle that left the scene, doctors felt as though he would not make it through the night. Luckily, he had parents that would never give up on him.

A 16-year-old teenager was struck by a hit-and-run driver and was severely injured from the collision. He endured various fractures, bleeding in the brain and a serious brain injury. The doctors at the hospital that he was taken to by air were not optimistic. The doctors felt as though the boy had very low odds of survival, but the family knew that they had to do what they felt was right and fight in every way possible for their son's life.

Although they tried conventional methods that doctors suggested, they also tried many untested and unproven treatments. One of these was the use of large doses of fish oil, which was a treatment that began a little over two months after the accident. The family believes that it was the fish oil that helped their son recover from his brain injury and change his fate.

This 16-year-old and his family both have a long road ahead of them, but the fish oil appears to have given them more time and the hope that they needed to move forward. Additional research is required to determine if fish oil really can be effective in treating brain injuries. If this can be proven, it will give families and brain injury victims around the world hope to make a more full recovery. Until then, brain injury victims and families in West Virginia may find some relief in pursuing a civil lawsuit to recover accident-related damages, such as medical expenses and equipment.

Source:, Family believes fish oil helped their son recover from traumatic brain injury, No author, Jan. 22, 2014

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