Traumatic brain injuries, which are caused by blows to the head, are often associated with memory loss and impairment. Since the nature of an injury caused by trauma can occur from a vast array of sources (any blow to the head significant enough to disrupt the normal functioning of the brain), the most effective treatment must be narrowly tailored for the individual victim. Victims of such injuries often exhibit symptoms varying in degree, thus requiring the utmost attention and scrutiny. It logically follows then, that research into this tricky field of medicine and health care be focused and well-funded.
As one would expect, as a society we may only expect to learn which treatments are the most effective by investing in research. Luckily, the federal government has recognized this fact and is actively involved in addressing the study of traumatic brain injuries.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is dedicated to collecting data on brain injuries. More importantly, however, the CDC aggressively develops processes pertinent to assessing the needs of victims after the injury has occurred. Research which focuses on the long-term assessment of patients is truly where the rubber meets the road with regard to brain damage, because as mentioned previously, the quality of health care depends upon the attention paid to an individual victim’s malleable condition.
Other agencies which are or have been participating in research include the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, The Department of Veterans Affairs, The National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the Social Security Administration.
Victims may require life-long care which often places a financial burden upon family members and loved ones. As a result of the potentially devastating nature of head trauma, representation by the best possible attorney(s) is crucial for a fair recovery.