Concussions, Often Hard to Diagnose, Can be Detected and Treated
Anyone who has ever had a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) knows how upsetting and disabling this elusive type of injury can be. Symptoms are not obvious to friends, family, and teachers, who cannot “see” any difference, and therefore attribute changes in a person’s outlook, mood, or cognitive ability to imagination, mental illness, or laziness. What adds to the problem is that such injuries often fail to show up in ordinary MRIs and CT scans, so that the sufferer is left feeling utterly frustrated and scared, and without support, direction, or hope of rehabilitation.
Most TBIs Result from Car accidents or Falls
Milder TBIs are most often the result of contusions or bruises that are sustained when the brain is pushed up against the bony ridges of the skull. They can show up immediately or evolve over time. And, contrary to what many believe, they can occur without loss of consciousness at the moment of impact.
One client of mine, a 39-year old woman, explained to me that—though she’s pretty good at covering it up—she doesn’t feel like the same person since her recent car accident. She has trouble keeping up with conversations, and she suffers from mood changes, short-term memory loss, and an inability to concentrate. As a lawyer who has handled countless brain injury cases over the years, I know that the symptoms she describes are real and not psychosomatic.
The good news, for this client and others who suffer from concussions, is that growing interest in the plight of football players with cumulative brain injuries has spurred important research in this area. At the same time, important new diagnostic technologies have arisen that can detect mild but significant brain injuries. Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) is one of the most promising of these technologies. It is a type of MRI that can detect damage not visible in conventional MRIs and CTs, by measuring the direction of the movement of water through the tissues of the brain’s white matter.
Once a person’s head injury is properly diagnosed, a team of professionals that includes audiologists, speech-language therapists, neuropsychologists, and social workers, as well as doctors and nurses can design an appropriate rehabilitation program. The chances of recovery are far better than they have ever been.
If you or a family member is suffering from a TBI as a result of a car accident or fall, you need the help of an experienced legal professional. Most falls and car accidents involve negligence on the part of someone else, and a knowledgeable lawyer will be sure to hold the negligent party accountable. He or she can make sure that you receive the right testing and treatment—and, importantly, the compensation you need to pay for it.
Consult with a Philadelphia Brain Injury Attorney Who Can Fight for You
Jeffrey Reiff is a Philadelphia brain injury lawyer who has advocated for head injury victims for the last three decades. He has been recognized by his peers as having the highest possible rating in both legal abilities and ethical standards. He is consistently recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorneys.
If you have suffered what you think might be an injury to your brain, contact us today for a free, confidential consultation by calling (215) 246-9000, or by submitting the contact form above.