Traumatic Brain Injury Study
Several studies have focused on the effects of a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). A recent study focused on mild traumatic brain injury showed that minor TBI can have big consequences. The study author, Andrew Blamire, a professor at Newcastle University in the UK, states that many people with TBI will have cognitive problems. The mild to moderate injury group is underrepresented in studies even though they comprise 90% of the total injuries.
The study used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to measure the relative health of brain tissue. DTI is a form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) often used with people who have suffered severe trauma or an acute ischemic stroke. The imaging uses contrast and brightness to highlight areas of damage in the traumatic brain injury patient to indicate areas where activity is impeded.
Blamire’s study also demonstrated that the brain was capable of repairing some of the damage itself. The subjects were tested again after a year for comparison. Several of the subjects showed marked improvement in cognitive function and repair to the brain tissue. Some still had significant damage but also showed gains in cognitive capabilities. Blamire postulates that this may be due to the brain’s ability to adapt. It may have rewired some processes around the damaged areas for better functionality.
Pending Lawsuit Against The NFLPA
Evidence like this will be important to attorneys in their legal actions. Attorneys acting on behalf of players have recently filed a lawsuit against the NFL Players Association for their alleged role in withholding traumatic brain injury information from and not working to protect players. Players are required to spend thousands in dues and membership fees to the NFLPA. They are essentially a “union”.
The lawsuit alleges that the NFLPA had access to important information about the ramifications of scientific studies and literature related to brain injuries, did nothing with it, and worked to conceal the information from players. Attorneys for the NFL players are seeking compensation and medical monitoring for expenses, intangible losses, chronic injuries, and financial losses as a result of the NFLPA’s actions.
Players are expected to be able to participate in this legal action if they were involved in the concussion decision.
Seeking Legal Assistance
An attorney can be a great asset if you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury. No matter how mild, TBI can have a significant impact on a person’s overall quality of life. A free, no obligation consultation with Attorney Group can provide clarity on your options. So contact us today.