As people in Florida know, the brain is vital to human life. The brain controls the functions of the body and ensures that it functions properly. Therefore, it is important to protect the brain. However, one cannot always protect the brain completely. If the person is in an accident or falls, the person may injure his or her brain. These are known as traumatic brain injuries. Like most injuries though, the severity of the brain injury can vary greatly.
The person may just suffer a mild concussion and suffer little effects. On the other end of the spectrum, the person could be in a coma for a period of time and suffer permanent damage that will completely change their life. Early treatment of traumatic brain injuries is important to try and reduce the severity.
However, it is important for the doctors to understand how severe a brain injury may be so they can give the victim the proper care. One common way of determining the severity of a brain injury is by using the Glascow Coma Scale. This scale looks at three basic functions: eye response, verbal response and motor responses.
When analyzing the eye response the doctors will look at whether the eyes open and if they do whether they open with pain, on verbal command or spontaneously. The doctors will also look at whether there are verbal responses and if so whether they are incomprehensible, confused, orientated and others. When determining the level of motor response the doctors analyze whether there is a motor response and if so how the body responds to pain and if the body obeys commands.
Many people suffer from traumatic brain injuries in Florida every year. Early determination of the severity can help reduce the problems the person will experience later, but the person may still suffer from long-term problems. In addition to changing the person's life this can also be very costly. The person may be entitled to compensation though which can at least ease the financial burden associated with the injuries. Experienced attorneys understand the effects of traumatic brain injuries and may be able to help one through the process.
Source: ByYourSide.org, "Learning about Traumatic Brain Injury," accessed on Jan. 26, 2016