Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a blow or jolt to the head, such as you might receive if you have the misfortune to be in a motor vehicle accident. Penetrating head trauma can also lead to traumatic brain injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are the major cause of death and disability in the U.S. today, accounting for approximately 30 percent of all deaths from injury.
While certain psychological and cognitive tests and the use of imaging technology such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) are used to detect moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, they are, unfortunately, not as effective when it comes to diagnosing milder forms of brain injury.
Recently, biomedical engineer Sarah Stabenfeldt received the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award for her work on nanoscale devices which could help in both the diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries that range from mild to severe, and which also may help in providing treatment for those suffering from traumatic brain injury.
The devices would use nanobodies to develop a nanoparticle system that could detect signs of brain injury at the molecular and cellular levels. They could also potentially be used to deliver medication to damaged areas of the brain.
If you or someone you love has suffered a personal injury due to another’s negligence, Bradley I. Kramer and his experienced legal team are here to help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.