How is a traumatic brain injury diagnosed?

A traumatic brain injury calls for immediate emergency care, as the quicker you receive treatment the greater chance you have of making a recovery.

Unfortunately, the consequences of a traumatic brain injury can worsen in a hurry without the required treatment.

If you have any reason to believe that you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident, you must seek medical attention to receive an accurate diagnosis.

Here are some of the tests and tools used to diagnose your injury:

  • Glasgow coma scale: This is a 15-point test that helps medical professionals assess the severity of a brain injury. It checks things such as your ability to move your limbs and eyes. The higher the score out of 15, the less severe the injury.
  • Information about the accident: It's not always possible to share information, but any details regarding the accident can be helpful. For example, your doctor may ask how the injury occurred and whether or not you lost consciousness.
  • Imaging tests: These are among the most helpful tests, as it gives doctors a clear view of what's happening in and around your brain. The most commonly used imaging tests include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a computerized tomography scan (CT). Also, an X-ray may be necessary to determine if there are any skull fractures.
  • Intracranial pressure monitor: It's not always required after a suspected traumatic brain injury, but it's often employed to monitor pressure in the skull.

With the help of these diagnostic tools, your medical team will get a better feel for the severity of the injury. This leads them to a treatment plan that provides the greatest chance of making a recovery.

If you've suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of another person, such as a negligent trucker, take steps to learn more about and protect your legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages and a variety of related damages.

Visit our website and read our blog for additional information pertaining to traumatic brain injuries, motor vehicle accidents and your right to compensation in California.

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