How Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Diagnosed
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury that is often a result of a severe sports accident or a car crash, resulting in a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities, depending on the severity. Mild TBIs are often not diagnosed right away since symptoms may not surface for quite some time. Symptoms of a TBI are usually specific to the area of the brain that was injured. For example, an injury to the frontal lobes may result in a loss of higher cognitive functions.
Moderate and severe TBIs are often more apparent than mild TBIs, though all require medical attention. However, if there are other life threatening injuries, a TBI may be missed, especially if a patient is sedated or on a ventilator, and unable to be properly evaluated.
Some of the methods medical professionals may use to diagnose a TBI include the following:
- A brain imaging with a CAT scan, MRI, SPECT, or PET scan.
- Cognitive evaluation conducted by a neuropsychologist through the use of formal neuropsychological testing.
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists may also conduct evaluations to help clarify the specific deficits in a patient.
Symptoms of a moderate or severe TBI may include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble with memory
- Problems with executive functions
Someone suffering from a TBI may also experience emotional problems, physical changes, seizures, and issues with sense of smell, taste, hearing, and vision.
At Denver Trial Lawyers ®, we have represented clients who have been diagnosed with mild, moderate, and severe TBIs. We understand the complexities of treatment and rehabilitation, and have worked with a variety of specialists to help victims and their families heal from such a traumatic event. Attorney Daniel Sloane is a past President of Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado and currently sits on its Board of Directors. With a successful track record and over $300 million won on behalf of our clients, you can rest assured that we will fight for you to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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