Brain and Spine Injury and the New Methods Brain and spine injury are the worst kinds of injuries one can suffer. This is because these injuries are debilitating; they are damaging enough that you can lose the ability to fend for yourself. This results to extreme emotional distress in the part of the victim and the family; the victim may find himself feeling useless and unwanted. Although that’s not the case, the feelings will really be there when a person suffers injuries to the brain and spinal cord. There are a number of treatments that have been formulated specifically for brain and spine injuries. In 2004, for example, there have been two treatments introduced for spinal injuries. These are the laser and magnetic treatments along with new therapies designed to improve the condition of people who suffer these kinds of injuries. The laser treatment involves burning off through laser radiation the diseased part of the spinal column. According to a report by the BBC on June 19, 2004, the laser treatment encourages growth of a new intervertebral disk after the diseased disk is removed from the spinal column. Without the diseased cells mutating themselves in the spine, the cells in that area are all healthy and regenerate themselves. The other treatment, on the other hand, involves repeatedly using magnets on the victim’s skull. The treatment is designed to stimulate the nerves in the brain in order for the victim to regain use of their muscles and limbs. Specifically, the British doctors who designed this treatment aimed to wake up the brain’s cerebral cortex section. This treatment, however, is only ideal for partial or incomplete spinal injuries. Since this is a non-invasive procedure; no nerves are removed or grafted in place of the injured ones. Instead, the magnetic treatment attempts to salvage the remaining healthy nerves and improve their ability to feel sensations and interpret impulses from the brain. Like any injury case, brain and spine injuries are also very difficult to prosecute. As they are usually suffered as a result of negligence--in the cases where the injury is suffered as a result of accidents in the workplace or on the road--victims are eligible to seek for damages as these injuries can seriously hamper a person’s ability to provide for himself. Hence, there is a need for that person to be compensated for the damages he is to suffer for a lifetime. In the court, however, this takes sound medical understanding and require expert advice from both legal and medical experts.