Traumatic Brain Injuries | How They Are Diagnosed and Treated

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If you have sustained a TBI, please read on, then contact an experienced Connecticut brain injury lawyer to learn how traumatic brain injuries are diagnosed and how they are treated.

How to diagnose traumatic brain injuries?

Not a joke – you get to a qualified healthcare provider and not all physicians fit that description.

It should go without saying that attorneys do not make the diagnosis. Although no FDA-approved bio-markers exist by which physicians can diagnose mild traumatic brain injury, the diagnosis is nearly always made by a doctor in the clinic by considering a wealth of information about the patient, the injury, and the course of symptoms that have followed the injury. While it is frustrating that standard clinical neuroimaging like Computerized tomography (CT) Scan and  Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cannot identify the microscopic injuries that often occur, there are other techniques that can be prescribed that will inform the differential diagnostic process.

How do you treat traumatic brain injuries?

That really depends upon the scope of the injury and the presenting signs and symptoms. The presentation will dictate the treatment as well as the subspecialties to be involved in the treatment. The injuries generally fall into physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep categories.

The most serious injuries will likely be evaluated in the emergency department (ED), where the staff’s goal is to diagnose and treat life-threatening injuries that may include bleeding within the skull. Less serious brain injuries or concussions are often overlooked in the ED. Whether or not diagnosed in the ED or in the days to weeks following the trauma, it often takes some time to arrive at a “final” diagnosis because the differential process needs time to unfold.

We are often consulted by people with injuries like whiplash – the product of acceleration/deceleration forces –  who have symptoms that overlap with TBI. Sometimes a patient diagnosed with whiplash by a chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon may also have a concussion. We may confer with a potential client about the scope of those symptoms and may suggest screening by a brain injury specialist – often a neurologist or specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation to rule in or rule out a TBI.

Unfortunately, insurance companies or corporations may dismiss or deny a victim of traumatic brain injury the treatment they need. If so, you should reach out to a skilled Fairfield County, Connecticut personal injury lawyer to discuss your next steps.

How can a Connecticut TBI lawyer help you?

A qualified legal professional will handle your case, so you can focus on the hard task of recovery. He or she will review accident videos, photos, and witness statements, evaluate medical records, work with experts to better understand the accident and the extent of your injury, communicate and negotiate with insurance companies and help build a strong case for settlement negotiations or, should it prove necessary, litigation. Our firm will help ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities as well as provide you with guidance in this trying time. Let us fight for you and your future. Give us a call today.

Contact our experienced Connecticut firm

If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, Casper & de Toledo is here to help you. While our firm has dedicated decades of experience to fighting for brain injury victims, we also handle auto accidents, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. Trust Casper & de Toledo to handle your case with the utmost competence and discretion. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with our seasoned traumatic brain injury lawyers.