Accidents occur every day in Florida. Sometimes, these accidents only damage property, but many other accidents involve injury to the people involved. The injury could be minor, such as a bruise or small cut. Nonetheless, if the accident involved a car or heavy machinery, the person may suffer significant injuries, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, internal bleeding, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and others.
These types of injuries can take a long time to recover from and the person may never recover. Traumatic brain injuries are the type of injury that a person may never fully recover from. The severity of brain injuries can vary quite a bit though. There is a scale that is used to determine the type of brain injury a person suffered, which is based on the effects demonstrated by the victim.
There are a few methods that are used by medical professionals to determine where a victim falls on that scale. The first is simply asking questions about observations of witnesses. Things like did the person lose consciousness and for how long, how was the person injured, did other parts of the body also get injured, how was the person's speech and alertness and others.
Then, once the victim is at the hospital, doctors may perform CT scans or MRIs. The CT scan can help determine if there is a skull fracture, whether there is bleeding in the brain or blood clots. The MRI is generally used after the victim is stabilized to take an even more detailed look at the brain to determine the extent of the damage. Doctors may also insert a tube into the skull to monitor brain swelling as well.
Many people in Florida have suffered brain injuries, but the severity of each injury can vary greatly. There are various methods used to determine the severity, which will help doctors determine the best plan for recovery. The injuries may take a long time to heal and may cost the victim a lot of money in medical bills. However, the victim may be able to receive compensation from the person who caused the injury to help with those bills. Experienced attorneys understand the long road to recovery and may be able to help one become whole again.
Source: TheMayoClinic.org, "Traumatic Brain Injuries - Tests and Diagnosis," accessed on Oct. 13, 2015