Brain injury victims may benefit from study

Residents of West Virginia may be interested in a recent 18-month Australian study regarding people who have received a severe acquired brain injury. The study, which involved 300 ABI patients and their family members, was done through a program called BrainLink Hospital Liaison Project and tracked ABI patients from the time they received short-term care in hospitals to the time they were discharged and returned home.

The results of the study revealed that patients who were given services through the program such as supportive measures, referrals and pertinent information healed better, felt less isolated in the community and were less stressed. As a result, the project produced fresh solutions for young individuals suffering from an ABI and revealed that these patients have limited options when it comes to housing and support. In many cases, they often go back home with little support or are placed in a residential care facility following their discharge, which shows a national lack of housing and rehabilitation efforts.

The BrainLink Hospital Liaison Project was done in association with Melbourne Health and conducted by Melbourne researchers. The program will be receiving additional funding in hopes of improvements for ABI patients and their families. At the time of the report, families who partook in the program stated that, through the program's referral process, information and guidance, they were able to overcome stress, overload and carer burdens.

A person who was involved in a truck or car wreck and who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result will most likely have to undergo long-term rehabilitation and treatment. If the victim and his or her family believe that the accident was caused by someone else's carelessness, they may wish to file a claim for compensation. A personal injury attorney might seek to prove that the other party failed to fulfill the duty of reasonable care, which directly caused the plaintiff's injuries. Documentation such as the plaintiff's medical records, records of any accident-related expenses, eyewitness statements and police reports may be used as evidence in the case.

Source: Medical Xpress, "New pathways to care for people with brain injury", Aug.14, 2015

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