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Brain injury victims struggle to regulate emotions

One of the challenges that people with traumatic brain injury face in New York is being able to control and regulate their emotions. Brain injury victims also struggle to remember information and might also suffer from headaches. However, researchers are exploring whether deep-brain stimulation may actually help to improve the lives of brain injury victims.

A TBI injury is said to happen every 15 seconds. These injuries impact nearly two million individuals in the United States every year, with 80,000 of these people suffering from disabilities as a result. Major damage to the frontal lobe, which regulates the making of decisions, is a common TBI.

With deep-brain stimulation, electricity is used to stimulate, regulate or block brain waves. Right now, this type of stimulation is being used for treating obsessive compulsive disorder, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy. Therefore, it very well might help with rewiring areas of the brain that have become damaged as well.

Unfortunately, right now, if patients do not recover from their brain injuries after a couple of years, no substantive treatment is available. Until scientists can discover a cure, brain injury victims in New York and elsewhere must cope with the ongoing side effects of their injuries. Fortunately, if their injuries were caused by the negligence of other parties, these other parties may be held liable for the injuries in civil court. A successfully litigated personal injury claim might result in a damage award, which may help to cover the victim's health expenses, including any loss of wages following an accident causing a brain injury.

Source: dispatch.com, "Ohio State study offers hope for brain-injury victims", Emily Bohatch, Aug. 1, 2016

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