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What do you know about diagnosing a traumatic brain injury?

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2021 | Car Accidents

Days after your auto collision, you may feel uncertain about the extent of your injuries. Did you sustain harm that you may not yet realize?

Mayo Clinic describes how physicians diagnose traumatic brain injuries. With a medical professional’s help, you better understand the full extent of damages to seek for your legal case.

Imaging exam

By using magnets and radio waves, magnetic resonance imaging assembles a comprehensive picture of your brain. A doctor may have you undergo an MRI once you become stable after the car accident.

Details about the incident and your symptoms

You may answer questions about the motor vehicle collision and your current condition. You may need to disclose whether you experience recent blackouts, what parts of your body sustained impact during the incident, and how much harm you endured during the incident. If you noticed changes to your coordination, speech or other mental faculties, share those, too.

Glasgow Coma Scale

A 15-point assessment, the Glasgow Coma Scale helps doctors gauge the level of brain injury by having vehicle accident victims move their arms, legs and eyes and testing how well they comprehend instructions. The more points you accrue during the test, the less intense your brain injury.

Intracranial pressure monitor

If a physician or another medical professional detects inflamed tissue and pressure on the skull resulting from a brain injury, you may require an intracranial pressure monitor. The diagnostic procedure involves introducing a probe through your skull.

TBI symptoms may sneak up on car accident victims. Even if you do not think you have a brain injury, letting a physician look you over better ensures you receive the medical treatment and financial compensation you need and deserve.