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How Brain Injuries in Accidents Are Diagnosed

Brain injuries are usually the result of a serious accident, but knowing that a brain injury has actually occurred can sometimes be a challenge — both for physicians and for the people who are suffering from them. In fact, if the symptoms are not obvious and clear, doctors often overlook mild brain injuries. However, even a mild brain injury can have a significant and negative impact on an individual’s life.

In severe brain injury cases, the primary way they are discovered is in the emergency room when a neurological exam is performed. A doctor or a nurse will rate the patient on the Glasgow Coma Scale, which tests eyelid movement, speaking ability, and responses to physical and verbal stimuli.

In less severe cases, it is not uncommon for symptoms to develop later after more pressing injuries have begun to stabilize and heal. Sometimes, an imaging test such as a CT or MRI scan will reveal a subdural hematoma, skull fractures, a penetration injury or other signs of a brain injury.

Sometimes, imaging tests will not detect a brain injury — when in fact an injury has occurred. This is where neuropsychological testing comes into play. These tests can help doctors detect cognitive defects that could be signs that a brain injury has occurred.

When all else fails, there are also the personal observations of the patient and the patient’s coworkers, family members, and friends. This kind of evidence can sometimes prove essential in legal claims relating to brain injuries.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, our attorneys are well versed in various strategies to prove in court that brain injuries in accidents have occurred in cases where it is difficult to obtain test-based evidence. Regardless of how your accident and brain injuries may have occurred, we are here to help in any way we can.