Brain injuries can be one of the most frightening type of injuries to sustain. They range from severe to mild traumatic brain injury or concussion. Many of us know what it’s like to recover from a broken bone or torn ligament. We can be sure that these injuries will heal in time, and we can resume normal life again. The break or tear is easily seen on x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. The doctors can diagnose and treat the break or tear with precision and confidence. We are not surprised or skeptical when someone says her broken arm hurts.
Brain injuries are more complex and harder to diagnose than other types of injuries. The brain damage isn’t always visible on CT brain scans. In fact, rarely do CT scans pick up anything less than a brain hemorrhage. Often, someone that goes to the ER after hitting her head or having a concussion will leave the emergency room with a negative CT scan. More enhanced imaging, such as a high-resolution MRI, has a better chance at showing minor brain injury, but this can be cost prohibitive, leaving the patient without any real diagnosis of the brain injury.
Brain injuries occur in all types of accidents: falls, car accidents, slip and falls, construction accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, motorcycle accident, and more. Understanding how the accident happened is important for properly treating and diagnosing the brain injury. A non-impact brain injury (your head did not hit anything), such as in a t-bone car accident, will look different than a pedestrian whose head impacts the road surface after being hit by a car. The less severe the impact to or shaking of your brain in an accident, then the more you may have to dig to find the cause of your brain damage and symptoms.
Although medical research has improved people’s perception of brain injuries, the public still remains skeptical of those claiming to have suffered a brain injury. Unless you have a skull fracture or visible brain hemorrhage (i.e, brain bleeding) on a CT scan, people do not want to believe that you have a brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injuries or mild TBIs, are the most common form of brain injury. Mild TBIs can be sustained without any impact to your head. For example, the impact from a car accident can give you whiplash, causing her brain stem to rattle on top of your spine. As your brain rattles, it sheers or rubs along the inside of your skull. Your skull has very sharp protrusions that cut into your brain, which is as soft as butter. The sheering tears the brain matter that transfers cognition.
At Jensen Law, it is our job to properly research and document your brain injury. We work closely with medical professionals who diagnose, treat, and illustrate your brain injury. We literally have images of your brain with the description of the brain damage. We correlate that brain damage to your symptoms. We have helped numerous clients with mild to severe brain injuries recover millions of dollars. It takes an experienced attorney with experience handling brain injuries to get you the best result.
Functional MRIs or fMRIs have become a very useful way to diagnose your brain injury. In an fMRI, you are placed in the tunnel and asked various questions and perform various tests. Each question or test is designed to activate a portion of your brain. If the brain is abnormally slow in a part of the brain, then the doctor will see less “lighting up” in that area. If the brain is too fast in an area, then the brain will be too lit up in that area. In other words, the actual images will show where the brain works and does not work normally. We often use fMRIs to give support to our clients’ brain injuries.
Brain injury symptoms can be subtle and may include one or more of the following: forgetfulness, loss of short or long term memory, irritability, depression, suicidal ideations, anger, frustration, confusion, uncontrollable and uncharacteristic emotions, lack of concentration, disorganized thoughts, loss of motor skills, dizziness, nausea, headaches, loss of balance, and slurred speech. If you are experiencing a combination of any of these symptoms following an accident, see your doctor right away.
If you have suffered a brain injury due to negligence, please contact our law firm to discuss compensation.
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