Suffering from a traumatic brain injury can be hard both for the victim and for his or her family members. This is because this type of injury can have an impact on the way the person functions, including whether he or she is able to walk or complete other basic tasks in West Virginia. According to new research, one gene in a person’s body may help experts to predict how well this individual will recover from a traumatic brain injury.

One gene, called the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), plays an important role related to a person’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury. This is particularly important for those who have experienced a concussion or stroke. These patients could form new neurons in the brain as a result of this gene and thus heal from the brain injury more quickly.

The researchers suggested that people with brain injuries actually may be able to draw their own blood and engage in genetic analysis in the future to determine their likelihood of recovery. The new research should affect many disciplines, including not only neuroscience but also psychology. It helps to unlock information about how the brain facilitates its own recovery after a traumatic injury.

Learning that a family member has a traumatic brain injury can be devastating, especially if it was the result of another party’s negligence. Science is making it possible to better gauge a person’s chances of recovering from such a situation. Understandably, it still may be hard to cope with the losses associated with the event, including medical expenses or even lost wages. It is within the injured person’s right to seek financial damages to cover such losses through a personal injury claim. The civil court in West Virginia will ultimately decide claims in favor of the victim if liability is established to its satisfaction.

Source: Fox News, Differences in a single gene may influence recovery from traumatic brain injury, Loren Grush, Feb. 27, 2014