Blood test tells which victims will experience permanent injury from TBI

Concussions can be dangerous injuries. In the past, athletes often attempted to brush off the injury, making light of this form of mild traumatic brain injury by saying a player simply "got his bell rung" or was "dinged." Although some attempted to downplay the potential consequences associated with these injuries, new research is showing just how traumatic concussions can be.

15 to 30 percent of those who suffer from TBIs experience significant and persistent symptoms. A new study conducted by researchers with Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine claims to have found a blood test that can predict which victims suffering from concussions will develop long-term symptoms. These symptoms can include permanent brain damage and disability.

Details of the blood test study

The study, published in the professional journal Frontiers in Neurology and discussed in a recent article in Science Daily, focused on a group of almost 40 individuals who ranged in age from 15 to 25. Before beginning the study, each victim was given a blood test. The test measured the level of a specific protein known as SNTF. These participants were given a series of cognitive tests.

After three months, participants who had a high level of the protein in the initial tests continued to do poorly on the cognitive tests. Radiological imaging confirmed that these patients were suffering from significant white matter damage.

What this means for those who suffer from concussions

Concussions are not uncommon. Over 1.7 million children and adults are estimated to experience concussions in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although researchers were careful to note that a larger study is needed to establish the conclusiveness of their findings, the initial outlook is promising.

If the results are supported, a blood test could help those who suffer from concussions better determine how the injury will impact their lives. This could help these victims hold those accountable for the injuries more effectively. If the injury is caused by the negligent or reckless conduct of another, the guilty party can be held liable for his or her actions. This blood test could help the victim receive the compensation needed to cover the costs of future treatment and medical care.

If you or a loved one was injured and suffers from a brain injury, contact an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer to discuss your situation and better ensure your legal rights are protected.