Brain damage can be temporary or drastically change your life depending on its severity. Doctors follow specific procedures to assess traumatic brain injury. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for your assessment. An assessment will be essential for your personal injury claim, whether your brain injury was caused by a car accident or a workplace incident. Talk to a Jackson brain injury lawyer to see what it entails.
Ways doctors assess brain damage
How your doctor assesses your brain injury depends heavily on the cause and severity of your symptoms. Your doctor will probably start your brain damage assessment by asking standard questions related to:
- What caused your injury
- Types of symptoms you have experienced so far
- If you lost consciousness and for how long
- If you have had any bleeding or fluids coming from your nose or ears
Be prepared to answer questions about physical symptoms such as coordination problems, dilated pupils and slurred speech. If you see your doctor right after the accident, your doctor will look for these symptoms during the evaluation. However, if you called 911, paramedics may have experienced this with you before.
In cases where you are unconscious or unable to answer questions, your doctor may request assistance from witnesses such as passengers, relatives or paramedics. Psychological tests may also be performed. To better understand your brain injury, your doctor may also order imaging tests like a CT scan or MRI. The goal is to see where the damage is and how serious it could be.
If serious brain damage is suspected, doctors will check for swelling in the brain. If left untreated, brain swelling can inflict further brain damage. Your doctor may use a probe through the skull to monitor this.
Serious brain injuries requiring emergency care may skip many of these initial steps to focus on stabilization. It means drugs and surgery.
How to sue for your brain injury
If your brain injury was caused by someone else, then you could sue for damages. This requires filing a personal injury lawsuit for compensation. You can use this compensation to cover your medical expenses and lost wages.
Personal injury claims are typically filed for workplace accidents, car accidents, assault, defective products, nursing home abuse, and medical malpractice. The proof you will need depends on which one caused your brain injury. For most of these examples, you will need:
- Medical records showing evidence of your brain injury and symptoms
- Copies of your pay stubs to prove lost wages
- Evidence of negligence
Consider contacting a Jackson brain injury attorney to determine the necessary steps. A lawyer can guide you through this process.
Jackson Brain Injury Lawyer
Going through a severe brain injury can be overwhelming. You can call the German Law Firm, PLLC today at (607) 487-0555 to speak to a Mississippi personal injury attorney for a consultation. Our experienced attorneys can help you seek additional compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income caused by your brain injury. We serve customers in Jackson, Madison, Gulfport, Oxford and other Mississippi cities.