Proving A Closed Head Injury In Sarasota, Florida
If you or a loved one has suffered a Closed Brain Injury in Sarasota, Florida, it can be a more involved process for your personal injury lawyer to prove and for you to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. With a closed head injury the symptoms are not always obvious or immediately apparent to anyone who does not know the victim, but the damage can be long-term or even permanently life-altering. However, with new innovations in the field of medicine, and the right approach from your attorney, it is possible to effectively prove that you have sustained a closed head injury.
A traumatic brain injury is an injury caused by a sudden and violent blow to the head that could have been caused by a car accident. An object that goes through brain tissue, such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull, also can cause a traumatic brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injury may affect your brain cell temporarily. More serious injuries may cause long-term damage bruising, torn tissues, bleeding, and other physical damage to the brain. These injuries can often result in long-term disability or even death.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury may include a wide-range of physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately. Other symptoms may take days or weeks to appear. For traumatic brain injuries, the symptoms include:
• Loss of Consciousness from several minutes to hours
• Persistent headache or headache that worsens over time
• Repeated vomiting or nausea
• Convulsions or seizures
• Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
• Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
• Inability to awaken from sleep
• Weakness or numbness of the fingers or toes
• Loss of coordination
• Profound confusion
• Agitation, combativeness or irritability
• Slurred speech
• Coma and other disorders of consciousness
Essential for your attorney when proving you have a Traumatic Brain Injury, is for them to make sure that your medical professionals understand the new diagnostic tools available and how they are used to show evidence of your symptoms. This requires a strong working relationship between your radiologist and your clinical expert, who should be a neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, psychiatrist or psychologist. Modern diagnostic tools such as SPECT (single photon emission tomography) scans, PET (positron emission tomography) scans, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can be used to prove evidence of a Traumatic brain injury’s occurrence.
It is crucial that the injured person is able to find a radiologist who understands the microscopic nature of brain injuries and can diagnose coup contrecoup (CCC) and brain sheer.
Contrecoup injuries occur when the moving head (brain) strikes a stationary object, and a coup injury occurs when a moving object impacts a stationary head.
A brain sheer injury occurs when the brain is injured as it shifts and rotates inside the skull. This type of injury can cause a coma or injury to many different areas of the brain.
During this time of medical discovery, your radiologist should review how both diagnostic studies are used to aid in your diagnosis of TBI and explain your diagnostic study, comparing it to a normal brain scan.
When using MRI for Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis, it is essential to understand focal injuries (contusions and hematomas) versus diffuse injuries (diffuse axonal injury and diffuse microvascular damage). There are several MRI tests that can be used to detect TBI’s, including SWI (susceptibility-weighted imaging), fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), DWI (diffusion-weighted imaging), DTI (diffusion tensor imaging), and MR spectroscopy.
When damage to the brain is focal (confined to one area of the brain) or diffuse (damage occurs in more than one area of the brain). The severity of a brain injury can range from a mild concussion to a coma or even death. The test that can be used is explained as follows:
SWI ( susceptibility-weighted imaging) - This is an MRI sequence that is particularly sensitive to compounds that distort the local magnetic field and as such make it useful in detecting blood products, calcuium, ect.
FMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) - This test is used for measuring the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. It shows when a brain area is more active and consumes more blood and to meet this increased blood flow increases to the active area and shows on the MRI.
DWI (Diffusion-weighted imaging) - This is a method of signal contrast generation based on the differences in Brownian motion. DWI is a method to evaluate the molecular function and microarchitecture of the human body.
DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) - The use of specific MRI sequences as well as software that generates images from the resulting data that uses the diffusion of water molecules to generate contrast in MR images. It is used to examine the structure of axon fibers in the brain.
MR spectroscopy - While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) identifies the anatomical locations of a tumor, MR spectroscopy compares the chemical composition of normal brain tissue with abnormal tumor tissue. This test is performed using an MRI scanner.
Our Sarasota brain injury attorneys are interactive in correlating the diagnostic imaging findings with clinical findings to help our clients. This requires regular meetings or phone conferences among our attorneys, clinical physicians, and radiology experts. These experts are able to discuss the long-term effects of a TBI on the brain of their patients and the development of beta alkaloids, which are often found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Proving Traumatic Brain Injury cases can be challenging, but with the right approach and the best attornies you can find who specialize in dealing with auto accident injuries and working with medical professionals who diagnose these cases, it is definitely possible to prove and win these cases. If you have questions about a Traumatic Brain Injury Case that was the result of an auto accident injury, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers, who specialize in car accident medical injury cases.
The Sarasota head injury lawyers Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh can guide you when you have been injured and help you to find the right experts for your auto accident brain injury, helping you to fully recover and getting the needed evidence to obtain the most money for you injuries.
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