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University of South Florida Researches Oxygen Treatment for TBI Victims

The University of South Florida is conducting important research into the use of hyperbaric chamber to cure traumatic brain injuries. This is the same type of chamber used by deep sea divers to avoid getting decompression sickness (DCS; also known as divers’ disease or the bends) which is a condition that occurs when decompression causes dissolved gases to become bubbles inside the human body.

According to, patients are inserted into hyperbaric chambers so that they can breath oxygen at high pressures, which pushes the oxygen into the blood stream and tissues, allowing it to reach places it could not otherwise. This oxygen rich environment allows for stem cells already existing in the brain or brought there by other innovative mechanisms, to better transform into brain cells and replace those killed by the injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury is a Complicated Process

The process that follows a traumatic brain injury is complicated and can turn into a vicious circle that eventually leads to the patient’s death if doctors don’t stop it. The brain cells at the point of impact die as a result of the blow. These dead cells release toxic chemicals that cause the brain to swell. As the brain swells within the confines of the skull, the veins and arteries that bring blood to the head are compressed, causing the flow of essential oxygen to stop. The lack of oxygen kills more cells, which in turn release more toxic chemicals. If doctors don’t stop the cycle from repeating itself, the patient eventually dies.

When combined with other techniques that we have discussed in previous posts (like the negative vacuum pump used to extract the toxic chemicals), the hyperbaric chamber helps bring oxygen to more cells than breathing in a normal pressure environment could, expediting and improving the patient’s recovery.

The Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help

The lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 67 years of combined experience helping victims that have suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of accidents recover the funds they need for their rehabilitation. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, accident with a large commercial truck, accident at an amusement park or as a result of any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. A lawyer can help you seek financial compensation from those whose negligence caused your injuries as well as financial compensation from their insurers. This financial compensation may include past and future medical expenses (including rehabilitation therapy), lost wages and pain and suffering.

Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Traumatic Brain Injury Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have represented many clients that have suffered this kind of injuries in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, accidents with large commercial trucks, accidents at amusement parks, and many other kinds of accidents. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.

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