How Is A Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosed?
The process for accurately diagnosing a suspected brain injury is incredibly complex. Not all head injuries are brain injuries, not all brain injuries are traumatic brain injuries, and traumatic brain injuries are divided into mild, moderate and severe categories.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) consists of a change in normal brain function brought on by an external force. Initial symptoms of a brain injury may include:
- Loss of consciousness, including entering a comatose state
- Lost memory of events just before and just after the external force
- Change in mental state during or after the external force, including confusion or deliriousness
- Neurological defects including general weakness, reduced balance, lost or reduced vision, loss of taste or smell, or difficulty communicating
Learn more about common TBI symptoms here.
It Is Crucial To See A Doctor When TBI Is Possible
Not all TBIs are alike or produce the same symptoms. The best course of action is to ensure that anyone suspected of sustaining a TBI is examined by a doctor with experience diagnosing head injuries so a more exhaustive examination can take place to properly diagnose their condition and prognosis. The specific diagnosis (mild TBI, moderate TBI or severe TBI) will inform the treatment plan and lay the groundwork for pursuing a personal injury claim to seek compensation for damages such as medical costs, rehab costs, ongoing care, lost earnings and more.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You On The Road To Recovery
If you or a loved one sustained a TBI as a result of someone’s negligence, it is in your best interest to speak to a skilled personal injury lawyer about your legal rights. Our lawyers at Edelman & Edelman, P.C., are equipped to help you maximize your financial compensation. Call our New York office at 212-235-1197 or reach us online to schedule your free consultation.