Identifying a Traumatic Brain Injury
Head injuries can significantly impact all aspects of your life and the lives of your loved ones. Approximately 1.4 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year. These injuries result in life altering conditions for the victims and their loved ones. Head injuries, including TBIs, happen as a result of different types of accidents, including motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls. If you suffered a head injury in an accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, that party may be liable for the victim’s injuries.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are generally categorized into two categories: closed brain injuries and open brain injuries. Below is an overlook of each category:
- Close Brain Injury. A closed brain injury happens when there is a blow to the head. For instant, a close TBI can occur when a motor vehicle accident victim slams their head into the dashboard or window in a crash, or when a slip and fall victim hits their head to the ground or a hard surface. These types of blows can result in injuries to multiple areas of the brain.
- Open Brain Injury. Open brain injuries are commonly referred to as penetrating brain injuries because they happen when a foreign object penetrates through the skull and enters the brain. This results in severe injury to the skull, brain tissue, brain cells and blood vessels.
How to Diagnose and Measure a TBI
Diagnosing closed brain injuries are generally difficult because there are often no signs of trauma. After a serious accident, medical professionals may not initially concentrate on a closed brain injury because there may be no present symptoms. If you suffered a blow to the head in an accident, it is imperative that you undergo a thorough neurological examination to determine if you suffered a TBI.
Most physicians use the Glasgow Coma Scale to determine the severity of a brain injury. This is a 15-point scale that measures a head injury victim’s ability to move his or her eyes and limbs, follow directions and speak coherently. A higher score reflects a mild TBI, whereas a lower score reflects a more severe brain injury.
Medical professionals may also order brain imaging tests, such as CT scans and MRIs, to determine other indications of a brain injury, including:
- Skull fractures
- Blood clots
- Bruised brain tissue
- Brain swelling
Consult with a Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless act of a third party, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles brain injury attorney, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.