It may take days for symptoms of a traumatic brain injury to appear.
Studies have indicated that when car accident victims are taken to an emergency room, they are not always checked for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) unless there is a visible head injury or the victim exhibits symptoms of TBI. (Learn more – Signs to Look for with a Traumatic Brain Injury)
Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injury
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that every year, 2.5 million people visit the emergency room for TBIs. However, this estimate might not be accurate. Cases of mild TBI or victims with multiple injuries such as spinal injuries, internal injuries, and fractures or when there are no visible TBI symptoms often go undiagnosed. Some emergency rooms are not well equipped to diagnose and treat TBIs. In addition, X-rays, CT, and MRI scans may not reveal milder injuries in the brain.
Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
TBI can take days to develop and for symptoms to present. A person suffering a mild TBI may not immediately exhibit any symptoms. It is possible that these might not show up on CT and MRI scans causing medical practitioners to shift focus to other visible injuries.
If medical personnel in ERs are better equipped with a standardized procedure to detect and document TBIs, proper diagnosis and treatment of even mild TBI cases is possible. Faster treatment and rehabilitation reduces the possibility of a TBI patient developing life altering permanent conditions:
- degenerative diseases
- cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes
Some researchers propose better standardized ER procedures for TBI diagnosis. Blood-based biomarkers and eye-tracking technology and specialized imaging and cognitive evaluations for detection of early symptoms allow more time for treatment and referral.
Chicago Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Lack of early diagnosis of TBI can severely affect a victim’s claim for compensation. Without proper diagnosis, proper documentation, evaluation and treatment, a personal injury claim can be negatively affected. Speak to a Chicago traumatic brain injury lawyer from Willens Law Offices. Call us at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.