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Guidelines for testing, treating traumatic brain injury changing

Experts say that, over the past few years, the number of instances of injuries to the brain has increased. As a result, United States government officials are changing how traumatic brain injury is tested for and treated. This will no doubt have an impact on individuals in West Virginia who suffer these types of injuries in the future.

Many brain injuries occur as a result of sports, including soccer, hockey and football. However, they can also occur as a result of serious accidents, such as motor vehicle collisions or falls on dangerous properties. In these situations, the impact to the head can certainly cause serious injuries, but so can the whipping of the neck and head.

A major challenge that patients face when they suffer these types of injuries is being patient enough to allow these injuries to heal. Although this is critical in adults, it is especially paramount in children, as concussion symptoms can last triple the amount of time in children that they do in teens and adults. Another major challenge related to brain injury is that x-rays and blood tests are not catching all of the concussions that patients are suffering. For this reason, computed tomography scans may be necessary for diagnosing brain injuries.

A traumatic brain injury can unfortunately have an adverse impact on a person's well-being and overall quality of life. However, if someone suffered a brain injury in West Virginia due to another person's careless behavior, the injured victim has the right to file a personal injury claim against this other person, seeking damages. A case that is fought successfully might result in a monetary award that may help the victim to cover his or her ongoing medical costs and other injury-related losses.

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