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New tests may help traumatic brain injury victims

People with brain injuries may suffer a wide range of challenges, including blurry vision and difficulty recalling information. This can dramatically impact their ability to take care of themselves and maintain jobs in West Virginia. Fortunately, researchers continue to strive to enhance the quality of life of those suffering a traumatic brain injury.

The U.S. Department of Defense and a lab known as Abbott Laboratories are working on a new type of test. They've agreed to collaborate to create blood tests that can help with evaluating head injuries such as concussions. The lab will receive almost $20 million over a two-year period to develop the portable tests.

The tests will be able to identify particular biomarkers, or proteins, that go into a person’s bloodstream when he or she suffers a brain injury. Accurately and quickly diagnosing concussions is critical, particularly for military service members who have been affected by brain injury. Quick diagnosis allows these individuals to be taken from duty so that they can focus on recovering and avoid getting injured further.

Traumatic brain injury is complex, which is why no one treatment exists for it. People who suffer from these injuries might feel frustrated, especially if the injuries stemmed from an accident that wasn’t their fault. The person deemed at-fault in the accident may be held financially responsible for this type of injury accident through a successfully litigated personal injury claim in a West Virginia civil court. In order for liability to be established, the injured party must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that his or her injuries resulted from the other party’s negligence.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Abbott wins $19.5 million DOD contract to develop brain injury test", Peter Frost, Aug. 18, 2014

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Abbott wins $19.5 million DOD contract to develop brain injury test", Peter Frost, Aug. 18, 2014

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