Even though the most serious traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause instant, life-changing symptoms including paraplegia, quadriplegia, permanent cognitive disabilities, and death, most of the clients that brain injury lawyers encounter experience a broad spectrum of symptoms. Brain injuries are complex and mysterious afflictions that affect every victim differently. This complexity makes them challenging to diagnose and creates a range of legal obstacles for suffering plaintiffs. However, a new diagnostic tool may pave the way to more efficient care for brain injury victims.
According to Canadian Lawyer, Stat Alinity, a handheld diagnostic device produced by Abbot Point of Care Inc., was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The device ‘draws a blood sample from the patient’s arm, then tests this blood sample for molecular markers released by the brain once trauma has occurred,’ Canadian Lawyer reports.
For years, physicians and brain injury lawyers have anticipated that blood samples could be the key to efficient and effective TBI testing. Although Stat Alinity has not yet been approved in Canada, its US approval is cause for excitement.
How Will the Device Improve Treatment?
Except in extreme cases, diagnosing TBIs has traditionally been a slow and unprecise process. Most tests require patients to answer questions and self-report symptoms. An efficient, cut-and-dry diagnostic tool would allow doctors to quickly triage and begin treatment on brain injury patients. It would also allow doctors to determine which patients require follow-up testing (CT scans, etc.), and which suffered minor, almost imperceptible brain damage.
In other words, prompt TBI diagnoses can help doctors make life-saving decisions about their patients’ treatments.
How Will the Device Help Brain Injury Lawyers?
Many of the clients that brain injury lawyers represent suffer from what are known as ‘invisible injures,’ such as chronic pain, sleep disorders, trouble with impulse control, and emotional volatility. These and similar symptoms can profoundly disrupt a person’s ability to enjoy life, even if they don’t have obvious physical impacts. Yet it can be difficult for a lawyer to convince a judge or jury of their gravity – people associate serious injuries with paralysis and lost limbs, not sleep disorders. A reliable TBI diagnosis could help persuade a court that a plaintiff’s injuries, even if unseen, are real.
Contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a member of your family has experienced a traumatic brain injury, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our experienced team of brain injury lawyers will explain your legal options and provide the support you need on your road to recovery.
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