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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