The Lawrence Firm, PSC

Contact us today

Arrange a Consultation with an Experienced Attorney

Protecting the Rights of the Injured for More than 40 Years

Researchers may have new method to test consciousness

Kentucky families who have loved ones who suffered from a brain injury may be interested to learn that according to a report, scientists have found that they may be able to measure a person's brain response using a magnetic pulse, which may indicate to them to determine the awareness of someone who has suffered a closed head injury or other traumatic brain injury. Determining the consciousness of a person who has suffered severe brain trauma in an accident is often challenging due to the inability of people to respond.

While there are other methods that have been used to assess consciousness, the lead researcher stated that these methods often are not adequate, as the brain can produce patterns that make it appear that the individual is conscious even when they are not, or vise versa. With this method, the researchers created what they called the perturbational complexity index. A magnetic coil was attached to the skull and a pulse was generated, sparking a response in the brain's neurons.

The brain's response was recorded on an EEG, and the information was given a score of between 0 and 1. The higher the score, the more conscious the individual was thought to be. The method was tested on healthy individuals before using it on injured patients. It is hoped that this method could be used as a way to make treatment more effective.

While brain injuries are of the result of catastrophic accidents, they can also happen as a result of medical malpractice or hospital negligence. Surviving family members of those who suffered traumatic brain injury may be eligible to seek compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and even long-care health needs. An experienced Kentucky attorney may be able to assist the family with their medical malpractice litigation.

Source: Medical News Today, "Brain injuries: measuring consciousness by 'perturbing the brain'", Marie Ellis, August 16, 2013

  • American Association for Justice
  • Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Review Rated - AV Rated Law Firm
  • InjuryBoard - An Alliance of Safety Advocates
  • Super Lawyers

The Lawrence Firm, PSC Attorneys At Law


  • Ohio Office

    8044 Montgomery Road
    Suite 700
    Cincinnati, OH 45236
    Phone: (513) 651-4130
    Toll Free: (800) 698-4054
    Fax: (859)-578-1032
    Map and Directions
  • Kentucky Office

    606 Philadelphia Street
    Covington, KY 41011
    Phone: (859)-578-9130
    Toll Free: (800) 698-4054
    Fax: (859)-578-1032
    Map and Directions
  • Toll Free 800-698-4054
  • Fax 859-578-1032
  • Email
  • FindLaw Network