How to Assess the Damage of a Brain Injury
A closed head brain injury, also known as a traumatic brain injury, can have significant short-term and long-term effects on a victim of a personal injury accident. This type of injury is substantially different than most because it is difficult for an insurance adjuster, judge, or jury to see how severe the trauma of a closed brain injury can be. At the law office of Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville, our team of highly qualified personal injury attorneys has the experience you need to assess and argue for the full compensation you deserve after an accident involving a brain injury. To learn more, call or contact our office today.
The first step in assessing the extent of a traumatic brain injury is through medical testing and treatment. Imaging tests such as MRIs and CT scans can illustrate any physical damage caused to the brain as a result of the accident. Doctors will also typically do a neurological exam that evaluates the victim’s thinking, motor function, sensory function, coordination, and reflexes. The neurological test is also referred to as the Glasgow Coma Scale, and victims are rated on a scale of three to fifteen on their ability to perform directed functions. Medical documentation of the results of these tests can be critical to a legal case.
Traumatic brain injury can impact more than just a victim’s cognitive and physical capabilities. Long-term effects of a closed head brain injury can also include behavioral and personality changes that can be permanent. This can include mood swings, personality changes, depression, anxiety, confusion, agitation, combativeness, and other unusual behavior. When assessing the extent of a brain injury in a legal case, character witnesses may be called upon to testify about a victim’s personality and other behaviors before and after an accident to illustrate the extent of the damage caused by this injury.
Finally, personal testimony both in written and spoken form can be powerful evidence of the severity of a closed head brain injury. Injury victims are encouraged to keep a daily journal of rehabilitation and setbacks along with any issues or changes they notice in their cognitive, physical, and behavioral abilities. An attorney can also assist in crafting a personal statement for insurers about the extent of the injury, and if necessary even assist in preparing for testimony at trial. When the medical evidence, character witnesses, and personal testimony are combined it can provide a comprehensive assessment of the extent of an injury that is difficult to see with the naked eye.
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If you, or a loved one, has suffered a closed head brain injury you do not have to suffer through the legal process alone. Contact us today at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Nashville brain injury attorneys today to discuss your legal options after an accident.