It’s estimated that millions of Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Despite the high rates of these injuries, doctors and scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface as to what the best methods to treat brain injuries are. A new study is showing social workers may be the key to reducing the chances patients experiencing a decline in the quality of their lives due to their injury.
An article from News Medical explains research conducted at the University of Washington shows that brain injury patients who receive assistance from social workers for 20 minutes or less had significantly decreased chances of developing substance abuse issues and functional decline.
These social workers provide vital information to injury victims, including educational materials, coping strategies, and other resources. While more data is needed to verify the study’s conclusions, the team of researchers hope that one day their findings can be used to implement strategies to more effectively treat those who have suffered brain injuries, including soldiers and veterans returning home from service overseas.
Skolrood Law Firm and our team of Roanoke personal injury lawyers understand how difficult it can be to overcome a brain injury and are here to help. If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, give us a call anytime at (866) 215-8065 to learn more about what we can do for you.