Truck Accident Victims May Not Have to Wait: New Blood Being Developed to Test for TBI

All too often, truck accident victims go to Southern California emergency rooms with symptoms of head injuries, but are told they are fine and sent on their way. Instead of receiving the immediate treatment they need, these patients go home, and their injuries get worse. This lack of treatment for an undiagnosed traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to permanent damage and even death.

Standard Tests Can Only Tell So Much

Patients who show signs of TBI often receive CT scans. Although these tests are excellent at detecting if the brain is bleeding, they aren’t able to determine brain cell damage. This means patients will continue to suffer from their original symptoms, which are often headaches, blurred vision, muscle weakness, and memory impairment. Without treatment, these patients can experience seizures, slip into comas, and even die.

Blood Tests Can Detect Injuries Sooner

Looking for a way to detect injuries more effectively, researchers have developed a blood test that can quickly test for brain injury, evaluate just how serious the damage is, and determine what treatment will work best. The test measures the amount of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)—a protein that plays a role in brain cell activity—present in the patient. Typically, the higher the amount of BDNF detected, the quicker the recovery will likely take place. This innovative test may one day be used to allow doctors to find brain injuries sooner than they can with other tests, which means treatment—and recovery—will likely occur quicker than before.

Were You Left With a TBI After a Truck Accident?

Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries are common for truck accident victims. Often, the damage can haunt them for the rest of their lives, and it can also cost them thousands of dollars in medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time lost from work. Hiring the Steinberg Injury Lawyers gives you your best chance of receiving financial compensation that can pay these expenses when the accident wasn't your fault. Schedule your free consultation by calling 800-989-6385 and speak to an attorney about your situation.