Hope for Head Injuries: New Funding for International Effort Administered Through UCSF

With more than 36 years in practice, my law firm pursues compensation for clients who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Along with spinal cord injuries (SCIs), serious TBIs are often disabling and considered a catastrophic injury.

The work of an injury attorney in California is to help a client gain compensation to cover what often becomes a lifetime of care. Among others, types of reimbursement pursued in a personal injury lawsuit include:

  • Medical expenses, present and future, including emergency medical care
  • Costs of rehabilitative and psychological care
  • Structural renovation of housing and specialized equipment and supplies

While an attorney pursues compensation for injured clients, medical science pursues the elusive possibility of a cure for TBI patients. Brain injuries can impair thinking, memory, perception and other cognitive functions. TBI patients often suffer a combination of symptoms.

To further the aim of helping those who suffer TBI, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced $18.8 million in funding for collaborative worldwide research on brain injury. The effort is to be administered through the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

The new TBI research initiative includes the following:

  • Funding is provided for a team of researchers from the United States who participate in the International Brain Injury Initiative (InTBIR), a collaborative institute supported by agencies in the United States, Canada and the European Union.
  • While media coverage of TBIs suffered by football players and other athletes and military personnel can raise awareness, other people suffer the consequences of TBIs every day from car accidents and other causes. This research aims to find methods that assist all patients who sustain TBIs.
  • Research objectives include creation of a TBI information commons to integrate clinical and other information, identify and create biomarkers to improve injury classification, and improve assessment techniques — among other goals.

Seeking good legal help after a brain injury in California is essential, and so is holding out hope for the future of effective treatment for TBI in years to come.

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