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The Diagnosis of a Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be Challenging

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December 24, 2017
Edward Smith

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The Diagnosis of a Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be Challenging

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer. When people are suffering from neurological symptoms, they often visit their friendly physician for help figuring out what is wrong. Sometimes, patients wonder if they have sustained a traumatic brain injury; however, these diagnoses aren’t always as easy as people would like. There are a number of challenges that must be overcome in order to make the correct diagnosis.

The Symptoms Can Vary from Patient to Patient

When someone has sustained a traumatic brain injury, they could manifest one or more serious symptoms that could alarm them. Examples of possible symptoms that someone could demonstrate include loss of consciousness, severe headache, confusion, disorientation, and loss of motor or sensory function. The challenging part of a traumatic brain injury is that some victims could show all of these symptoms while other individuals may not show any of these symptoms at all. For this reason, it is important for patients to do their best to relay exactly what happened and the order in which the symptoms occurred. This will help the physician make the correct diagnosis.

Diagnosis Can Be Assisted with the Correct Imaging Procedure

Depending on the mechanism of the injury, there could be one or more types of brain injuries that an individual could have sustained. For example, someone who has been involved in an auto accident could have developed bleeding in their brain. If this is the case, imaging scans, such as a CT or an MRI, could be required to help make the diagnosis. Making the proper diagnosis is vital for selecting the correct treatment. While some individuals may recover with only a few medications, other patients could require emergent surgery to save their life.

The Diagnosis Could Take Time to Manifest

Finally, one of the most challenging parts for families to overcome is the waiting period after the injury. The diagnosis may not be readily apparent until a much later time, or days, after the injury has occurred. A physicians may need to wait and observe a patient before deciding whether or not to continue with the current treatment or to switch to something else. During this waiting period, it can be helpful to speak with a compassionate Sacramento brain injury attorney. An experienced legal team can investigate the accident from multiple angles to ensure that nothing has been missed. This assistance can relieve stress during a difficult time, meaning that friends and family can focus their energy on the medical recovery.

Experienced Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer. If you or someone you care about has sustained neurological damage, please reach out to us today. I have a local line at (916) 921-6400 and a toll-free option at (800) 404-5400 for free, no-obligation, and friendly advice.

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