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Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injuries

August 24, 2017 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are known for causing a number of short- and long-term setbacks, particularly in severe cases. If you suspect you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury in any type of accident, including a motor vehicle collision, you need to be taking the injury seriously and should always seek immediate medical attention.

At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., our personal injury lawyers have experience representing brain injury victims who suffered harm in a range of accidents, including those involving trucking wrecks, aviation accidents, and more. We understand the profound nature of TBIs, as well as the importance of accurate diagnoses, which can be made through a number of methods:

  • Image testing – Imaging of the brain allows doctors and specialists to identify signs of trauma and any serious complications, including hemorrhaging or swelling of the brain that can prove life-threatening. Tests such as CAT scans, MRIs, and PET scans are common diagnostic tools used in diagnosing TBI
  • Examinations – An examination by a doctor or neurologist is incredibly helpful to arriving at a diagnoses, as victims will be able to explain their accident, whether they experienced blunt force trauma or force to the head, and any symptoms they may be experiencing. This information can aid doctors in determining if a brain injury was likely sustained, especially if imaging tests do not provide conclusive evidence of serious trauma.
  • Cognitive evaluation – In some cases, victims may undergo further cognitive evaluation to determine the severity of the symptoms they experience, including EEG tests, and evaluative tests performed by neuropsychologists or therapists.

Diagnosing a TBI is critical to helping victims manage their lives, symptoms, and recovery, which is why medical attention is so vital in the aftermath of an accident. In addition to protecting your health, timely medical evaluations can also prove critical to any personal injury claim that may be filed, as it provides a record of a victim’s injury.

To discuss your rights following a preventable concussion or brain injury, contact Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P for a FREE consultation.