Traumatic brain injuries are often just that — traumatic. Sometimes resulting in debilitating memory and sensory losses, it’s important to know how these injuries are classified in the unfortunate case that a loved one is ever afflicted by such an injury.
It is vital that you visit a doctor immediately if you or a loved one suspect a concussion or head injury. Signs of injury may not be immediately apparent, and can potentially be life threatening if not treated. In fact, you do not even have to lose consciousness to sustain what may be a traumatic brain injury. Doctors rate these injuries based on the Glasgow Coma Score of the individual.
This scale goes as follows:
- Eye Response — From no eye opening to spontaneous eye opening (1-4)
- Verbal Response — From no verbal responsiveness to fully orientated (1-5)
- Motor Response — From no motor response to obeying commands (1-6)
This scale ranges in severity, with a score of 13+ designated as a mild brain injury, 9-12 as a moderate brain injury, and 8 or less as a severe brain injury. Again, traumatic brain injuries are absolutely never to be self-diagnosed, as a doctor would be much more familiar with the symptoms of such an injury.
In the unfortunate case that you or a loved one receive a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of others, you may encounter some unique issues to consider in litigation. Damages such as loss of smell or taste, balancing checkbooks, or a list of other losses, should all be considered in your case. If you, a loved one, or a friend have any questions about traumatic brain injury cases, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with an attorney at 407-841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.