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MI Safety Matters - Brain Injury Prevention Hopeful with New Safety Helmets Invented by Michigan Tech Students

As the legal career of an experienced Detroit personal injury lawyer it based around representing individuals who have sustained severe personal injury in an accident, it is important to update the public on the newest inventions, devised to keep you and your family safe. Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common results of recreational accidents and motorcycle accidents, and can irreversible consequences. To combat this, a group of engineering students at Michigan Technological University has recently developed a new type of safety helmet that can be used by athletes and motorcyclists alike to prevent catastrophic injury in the even of an accident.

Using the human head as a model, a group of Michigan Technological University engineering students created a new protective layer for safety helmets that will help prevent traumatic brain injury that is often sustained in Michigan recreational accidents and Michigan motorcycle accidents. According to Michigan Tech graduate student and helmet team member Wayne Bell, “Normal helmets are designed for direct, straight-on impact. They aren’t designed to protect against rotational acceleration, even though ‘normal’ impacts in football often involve rotation.” The new lining was made to closely resemble the way that the human body deflects blows to the head on its own–the scalp is designed to redirect oblique hits and the skull absorbs normal impacts, while the cerebral spinal fluids work to lessen the severity of the blow on the brain. The protective layer protects against oblique and normal impacts, and is easily inserted into the helmet, along with standard helmet protective lining.

The Michigan Tech helmet team and their advisor, Gopal Jayaraman, have been in the process of designing, developing, and testing the new protective safety helmets for a number of years. Their latest prototype has been approved by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, meaning that the helmet will prevent traumatic brain injury at 155 times the force of gravity. (This is the strongest blow the human brain can handle without sustaining damage.) Currently, the students are working to patent their work and hope that their invention becomes licensed by a commercial sports equipment manufacturer.

Sustaining a traumatic brain injury will have life-changing and often irreversible consequences for the victim, and is often done through involvement in a recreational accident or in a motorcycle accident. Because the outcome of such incidents can be so severe, if injured it is important to seek the legal advice and legal representation of a hard-working Detroit catastrophic injury lawyer for assistance. Doing so can help ensure the most successful outcome for your personal injury claim.