Complex brain injuries require complex, costly treatments

Complex brain injuries require complex, costly treatments

Brain injuries often require immediate, intense treatment. It is extremely important that people who may have suffered from a brain injury, which can be as simple as a mild concussion, get the help that they need as soon as possible. Sometimes brain injuries get worse over time, and some can get worse with very little notice. One of the causes of a worsening brain injury is brain swelling. Various techniques and medications can be used to reduce the swelling, but predicting swelling can be a challenge.

To help with this problem, the UCLA Medical Center obtained a platform from IBM for over $1 million to help predict brain swelling. The platform monitors the brain for signs that brain pressure is going to rise. This can then be used to change treatment options and prevent swelling, leading to less injury and likely a better prognosis.

People in Los Angeles who have suffered a brain injury, might also receive a large medical bill. Since equipment and expertise on brain injuries is so costly, those costs are passed onto patients. This can be added stress during an already confusing and stress-filled situation for some families.

If injuries are the result of another person's negligent actions, it might be wise for the victim or their family to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles. They can help the family understand their rights and seek compensation. This compensation can help a person pay their medical expenses and find assistance for their long-term recovery.

Source: Fast Company, "Big Data To Fight Traumatic Brain Injuries," Neal Ungerleider, March 28, 2013

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