West Virginia residents may be interested in learning more about how recent advances in technology could help better analyze recent traumatic brain injuries. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania are to present their findings at the American Chemical Society’s 250th national meeting. The team reportedly developed a material made from polymer that emits different color based on the severity of the impact. The hope is that the material may eventually be applied to headgear as an immediate indicator of the severity or potential of an injury.
Head trauma has recently been linked to dementia, headaches, memory loss and other long-term complications associated with soldiers and certain sports. During April 2015, the NFL was ordered to pay retired players suffering head injuries as a part of a settlement. The NHL may be faced with a similar outcome as retired hockey players have now filed their own lawsuit as well.
Children involved with sports may be at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries as well. Because TBI is not always immediately apparent, these victims continue on, unaware of the potential they may have already sustained. The lead researcher believes that the color-changing, force-responsive patch could be the key to helping victims avoid exasperating a potential TBI. The patch could be an indicator of whether or not seeking medical attention immediately is necessary.
People who suffer brain damage often face years of rehabilitation, with their financial hardships made worse by an inability to work. If the injury was caused by the negligence of another person, it may be advisable to consult with an attorney in order to determine the recourse that is available.