Top Researchers Raise Awareness of Mild TBI

traumatic brain injuryTraumatic brain injury has become a hot topic among many medical professionals. Many new researchers have concluded that mild traumatic brain injury, often diagnosed as a concussion, can still have far-reaching physical and cognitive symptoms. If untreated, the traumatic brain injury can also potentially cause permanent brain damage.

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The topic of mild traumatic brain injury has resulted in a wide range of opinions on the actual effects of traumatic brain injury on cognitive function. The symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury may not appear right away and sometimes can be so subtle they go unnoticed. Currently, the sensitivity of neuropsychological assessment tools has been criticized for offering little in the way of diagnosing traumatic brain injury. However, newer imaging methods, such as diffusion tensor imaging, are offering a better way to visualize the injury imposed by mild traumatic brain injury.

Despite these advances, many are still skeptical. Dr. Erin Bigler, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience of Brigham Young University, and Dr. Grant Iverson, Director of the Neuropsychology Outcome Assessment Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, are two highly respected and accomplished researchers in the field of mild traumatic brain injury. To raise awareness of mild traumatic brain injury, they will discuss and debate the issues surrounding the diagnosis and clinical treatment of mild traumatic brain injury on June 26th in New York City during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). The program will be titled Current Controversies in Neuropsychology: The nature of the “I” in mTBI” and will be moderated by Aaron Nelson, PhD, ABPP, past-president of the AACN.

Research is continuing to show that traumatic brain injury, whether mild or severe, is a growing problem. Those who have suffered from traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another should know their legal rights and options. Because traumatic brain injury can have long-term health consequences, medical debt is a potential issue. Thus, if you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence or recklessness of another, it is important to seek the expert legal advice of experienced personal injury lawyers at Barber and Associates, LLC Law Firm in Anchorage, Alaska. With years of experience in personal injury law, including traumatic brain injury, Barber and Associates, LLC can help you navigate the confusing world of personal injury law. Call Barber and Associates, LLC today for an initial consultation.

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