Saturday, 24 of June of 2017

Scientists Discover Brain “Potholes” In Those With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

By Rick Shapiro, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

What Happened:

A recent study found that American troops coming home from combat duty overseas with mild traumatic brain injuries have detectable abnormalities in their brains. The abnormalities are being described by scientists as dips in the white matter of their brains, a kind of visible pothole.

The importance of traumatic brain injuries and their long-term effects have received significant attention recently due to headline-grabbing lawsuits by former professional football players. While it’s true that professional athletes are at a high risk of sustaining a TBI, veterans are another group likely to suffer such injuries. Recently released numbers show that between 10 and 20 percent of the soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced a traumatic brain injury.

Researchers with the University of Iowa found that those veterans with a TBI have a significantly higher likelihood of having visible potholes in the white matter of their brains than those without a TBI. Research also revealed that the severity of the brain trauma matters. The more severe the TBI the more potholes appear in the patient’s brain.

Scientists have linked the presence of these brain potholes to increased likelihood of problems with decision-making, planning and other cognitive impairments.

Experts hope that this discovery, detected by using a MRI machine, could help doctors more easily identify traumatic brain injuries, especially the more difficult to detect mild cases. Though the initial study involved veterans, scientists say they believe the results can be applied to the general public as well. That means in the future it might be easier for doctors to detect TBI in those involved in car wrecks or workplace accidents. Researchers say the next step is to conduct a larger study with more patients to see if the results hold true in a bigger sample.

The Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, it is important that those suffering from a head injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed. What may appear to be a minor problem could actually be the start of a serious brain injury. That is why all head injuries should immediately be checked by a physician.

If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation. It might be possible to recover lost wages, money spent on medical bills, rehabilitation costs and even damages for pain and suffering.

Helpful Info: 

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury, it’s crucial that you consult a personal injury attorney experienced in successfully handling such complicated cases. Our attorneys handled a case involving a young child who suffered a traumatic brain injury after her family’s car was rear-ended by a truck. We were able to secure a $21 million settlement for the child and her family, much needed money that will help the family begin piece their lives back together.

Another potentially helpful resource for those affected by a traumatic brain injury is our firm’s free guide where you can learn more about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation.

Got Questions?

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious head injury you’re likely worried about what the injury could mean for your future. If you’re worried about the required burden of proof, common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury or the long-term effects of a TBI, you can get those and other answers by reading through our online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding head and brain injury lawsuits.


About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.