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An injury to the brain is the result of a forceful impact to the head. Unfortunately, this type of injury — called a traumatic brain injury — can easily alter a West Virginian’s life. For instance, it can cause physical, behavioral and cognitive issues. Fortunately, though, various innovations aimed at tackling brain injuries are giving hope to injury victims.

Research shows that nearly three million individuals each year suffer a brain injury. Over 55,000 with brain injuries pass away each year, and many live with permanent disabilities. The good news is that even though there is still much to learn about brain health, an increasing number of therapies are proving to be helpful in addressing brain injuries.

Researchers have been exploring hyperbaric oxygen therapy during the past several years to treat brain injury victims. Art therapy is another treatment option that may be helpful. These types of therapies, which do not involve taking medication, are valuable because they allow patients to live healthy and normal lives.

A traumatic brain injury sometimes results from a motor vehicle accident, sometimes due to the negligence of another party to the collision. Fortunately, if this happens, the injured victim may file a personal injury claim in a West Virginia civil court against the driver deemed responsible for the accident, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages. A successfully litigated claim may result in a judgment for monetary damages that might help the victim to cover his or her medical costs and other financial losses related to the car accident.