It can be a great challenge to successfully diagnose a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In many cases, a brain injury might only manifest symptoms that mimic
a germ-borne illness, like nausea or dizziness. In others, the symptoms
do not manifest at all until far into the future. This is all quite problematic
for doctors and patients alike, since a TBI generally gets worse and worse
the longer it goes undiagnosed.
Here are some basic methods of brain injury diagnoses:
Visual inspection: When a patient has suffered severe trauma to the head or neck, a traumatic
brain injury may be obvious. Visual inspections may also reveal lacerations
or indentations in the scalp or skull, which could have caused an underlying
Cognitive tests: For more subtle brain injuries, a doctor may attempt to test the cognitive
reactions of the patient. Are they capable of responding to stimuli as
expected? Can they recall simple facts about themselves? Are they suffering
from a strong headache?
Advanced techniques: If a cognitive test gives the doctor suspicion of a traumatic brain injury,
they may move onto advanced technologies and techniques to confirm the
diagnosis. CAT scans, X-rays, and the like are all useful methods of getting
a better understanding of what has happened to a patient’s brain.
Monitoring: When it is suspected that a child has a traumatic brain injury, perhaps
having been born with it due to a
birth injury, a doctor’s most useful diagnostic took might just be careful monitoring,
mostly conducted by the parents. It could be weeks, months, or years before
a child starts to show more obvious symptoms of a TBI. It might also be
ill-advised to conduct diagnoses with medical equipment on a patient so young.
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Have you been diagnosed with a brain injury after suffering in an accident
that was not your fault? Did a doctor fail to diagnose your brain injury
when an acceptable standard of medical care would have identified it?
In either situation, you may be able to file an injury claim for compensation
paid by the responsible party.
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