Our personal injury attorneys in San Diego have handled many car accident claims where our clients have pain and suffering. The pain and suffering can even manifest itself as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after an auto accident.
But what if there was a drug that could erase any unwanted memories and the pain and suffering that went along with it?
Everyone, especially car accident attorneys, can get on board with the idea of getting rid of unwanted memories. Thanks to the neuroscience research being done by one doctor at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, just a single dosage of an experimental drug has us auto accident attorneys thinking about implications for pain and suffering.
This experimental drug, known as ZIP, blocks the activity of a chemical that the brain needs to retain a memory that could be associated with pain and suffering after a car accident. So far the research has only been done on animals, but the doctor and other scientists believe their memory retention is identical to that of humans.
“If this molecule is as important as it appears to be, you can see the possible implications… for trauma,” the doctor said.
In his experiments, the doctor placed rats on a rotating platform with a small stationary area that delivered electric shocks. After the rats quickly learned to avoid the stationary platform, the scientists then injected the rats with either ZIP or saline (to test for false positives). The rats that were injected with the saline continued to avoid the shock zone, but the rats injected with ZIP began to get shocked again, thus indicating that their memory of the shock zone was erased after the injection.
As science moves towards uncharted territory in the human brain, many scientists have concerns about the ethics of removing one’s memories. According to estimates, however, more than 100 million people will have Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia by 2050. If scientists like the doctor can remove a memory, such as the injuries from a terrible car accident, maybe one day they can strengthen another, too.
As personal injury lawyers in San Diego, we would love to see a day when pain and suffering no longer plague our clients. While there are some ethical concerns about the alteration of memory, it would be a better world if those injured in car accidents can move on from the accident.
What do you think about the end of pain and suffering in car accidents?
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