When you are involved in an accident, before you can get compensation for your injuries, you need to know the severity of your injuries. A newly approved hand-held EEG device is helping doctors diagnose and treat brain injuries faster than ever. This also means getting personal injury claims on track faster.
Whenever you have been injured in an accident, it is important to seek medical attention. This is especially true for brain and head injuries. With this new device, doctors can help treat your injuries faster. This also means that injured parties can get their court case moving more quickly, with a better idea of how severe their injuries are. Contact our traumatic brain injury attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm today if you or a loved one sustained head injuries in an accident.
New Hand-held EEGs Quickly Diagnose Brain Bleeding
When you suffer a head injury in a car accident, slip and fall, or other accident, it can be very difficult to know how severe the injury is. Although it is extremely important to seek medical help after serious injury, many times the doctors cannot tell the full extent of the injury until the next day, or possibly even weeks later. Until then, they might use techniques to help relieve the effects of injury, but might cannot fully treat you. This means a slower recovery, risk of misdiagnosis, and long hospital stays.
Brain bleeds, though, are some of the greatest risks associated with brain injuries, and are some of the toughest to detect. Even with simpler, less severe head, injuries have a risk of brain bleeds. This might mean that even for simpler concussion detection, patients may face hours of time in CT scans and in-patient observation before they are released from the hospital.
The new “AHEAD 300” device is a hand-held electroencephalogram (EEG). EEGs work by sticking electric leads to the patient’s head. These leads detect the patient’s brain activity by monitoring its electric signals. This is similar to an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), except to monitor brain activity instead of heart activity.
Usually, EEGs are on large carts and provide a detailed readout of electrical activity. For some uses, this is extremely helpful, but for quick diagnosis and treatment, a full-sized EEG is not very helpful. This new device is wrapped around the head and activated, rather than taking the time to attach individual leads. It simply detects whether there is likely a brain bleed or not, and gives the doctor or nurse a positive or negative response.
Using this kind of technology can help in many situations. In a hospital, it is difficult to tell which patients need immediate treatment. This kind of device can help sort out whether a patient needs immediate CT scans and treatment for a brain bleed, or whether they can wait. It is also extremely helpful in situations where many people are injured like bus accidents, and can help decide who needs treatment first.
New Medical Tech. Helps Personal Injury Claims
New, advanced medical technology is always good news for personal injury lawyers and people suing for personal injury claims. Proving your injuries in court is one of the main elements of a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately, sometimes proving the injury is also one of the hardest elements.
Especially for brain injuries, medical science is only starting to improve detection and treatment options. This means that, as we learn more about how brain injuries occur, we can take these lessons and evidence into the courtroom to help prove our clients’ cases.
Head injuries can be very complicated. Many of the effects are strange, especially to a jury. Some of the more unusual effects of brain injury include:
- Changes in mood or personality
- Sudden mood swings, including unprovoked anger or sadness
- Memory loss
- Inability to form new memories
- Trouble recognizing faces or objects
- Trouble balancing
- Trouble communicating or understanding
- Inability to make decisions or use good judgment
- Loss of control or feeling in body parts
- Loss of motor skills
- Sexual dysfunction
It is one thing to say, “I fell and hit my head,” and expect a jury to believe all of the affects you face. It is a much stronger case if we can use medical science to explain how these injuries came about. Better doctors and better medical techniques help demonstrate exactly what areas of the brain suffered what effects. This helps a jury understand exactly what your injuries are, and how they affect your life.
Something like the AHEAD 300 is great because it is simple, too. Not only can it help supply evidence of your brain bleed, but its evidence is a positive or a negative test result.
Brain Injury Attorneys in Philadelphia
If you or a loved one has been in an accident and suffered brain injury, talk to an attorney. Even simpler concussions and mild brain trauma can risk severe results. The medical field is constantly advancing in brain injury detection technology to help treat them and prove your case in court. Call the attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm for a free consultation today at (215) 246-9000.