Brain Injury Victims Beware: Your Brain Injury Treatment Could Be a Dangerous Fad
With the worries about kids and football players suffering concussions and other brain injuries like traumatic brain injury in the news, it is no wonder that treating these disorders is becoming a fast-growing business. Unfortunately, it has also been described as “the Wild West” where doctors often promise results they cannot achieve and promote treatments that are questionable at best. Hundreds of clinics are being opened around the country by dermatologists, orthopedists, chiropractors, and physical therapists who may not be qualified in treating these complex medical disorders and who are harming innocent patients rather than making them better.
Questionable Treatments and Products to Watch Out For
Patients who have suffered a brain injury—through a sporting event, or car accident, slip and fall, or workplace accident—need to beware of unqualified medical professionals who claim they can treat brain injuries. In addition, products that promise to prevent concussions or help with the symptoms of a brain injury are flooding the market. Here are some that have medical professionals concerned:
- Pricey mouth guards and helmet covers promise to protect kids’ heads while playing sports, but medical experts says no external device can adequately protect the brain when it is slammed into an object or the ground.
- An approximately $300 genetic test promises to identify a child’s risk of a concussion. Scientists say that the test has not been studied enough to know its effectiveness.
- Apps claim to test for brain injury and are being relied on by parents and coaches. However, medical experts warn they cannot properly diagnose complex brain problems.
- ImPACT sells a 25-minute computerized exam to test skills such as memory, reaction time, and attention span. While it is used by prestigious institutions like Mayo Clinic, some are questioning the legitimacy of its product testing and believe it is fueling the emergence of clinics run by unqualified medical professionals.
Fad products and treatments can fail to improve your child’s or your brain injury. Even worse, they could also cause you to suffer further brain damage—sometimes with permanent limitations in your life. You could have a claim for medical malpractice against your doctor for using these products or treatments. Call me at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options.
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