Proper Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury

by Terry Bryant

Many motorists involved in high impact, high speed collisions suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI). These people tend to exhibit symptoms of neurological damage that sometimes go undiagnosed, either because the symptoms are overlooked during emergency treatment, develop months later, or are not reported at follow up visits to the doctor.

This is why it is important to discuss all changes that you have noticed after the accident with your medical providers to make sure symptoms are not overlooked, even if you do not think they are linked to the accident.  Sometimes TBIs are not diagnosed because mainstream imaging studies, such as CT scans and MRIs, cannot detect them.  It may be necessary to undergo more advanced testing under the care of a neurologist to achieve a proper diagnosis.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.4 to 1.7 million TBIs occur each year.  An estimated 5.3 million people have permanent disabilities from TBIs.  These are important signs to look for after an accident to determine whether you may be suffering from a TBI:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Changes in mood
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.