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What Is Traumatic Brain Injury And How Can It Be Proved In A Georgia Personal Injury Claim?

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A traumatic brain injury is any diagnosed injury to the brain, which is caused by an external force to the head. To be medically diagnosed as an injury, the condition must not be degenerative or congenital, which simply means the person must not be born with the condition, nor develop the condition as a whole or in part relating to a medical condition not caused by an external, mechanical force.

The Force To The Brain Does Not Have To Be A Striking Blow To The Head

While most traumatic brain injuries are the result of a sudden, striking blow to the head, they may also be caused by sudden acceleration and deceleration such as whiplash, in which there may not be any external contact with the skull.

Brain Injury Symptoms

Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not always be immediately evident. Some cognitive disabilities may take days or weeks to become evident, often to people other than the injured party.

Common cognitive diminishment that may be noticeable to others in regular contact with the injured person include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Unexplained irritability
  • Irrational behavior

Physical symptoms that may be noticeable by the individual may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Diminished hand-eye coordination
  • Inability to walk in a coordinated manner
  • Dulled sense of touch, smell and taste

Proving A Brain Injury For Evidence In Court

For most traumatic brain injury personal injury lawsuits, simply looking at the injured person or taking a witness’ word for it isn’t enough to prove damages. Building a case for compensation requires medical evidence.

Cheeley Law Group, LLC, in Alpharetta has years of experience successfully representing clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in truck wrecks and motor vehicle accidents and other types of accidents in Georgia.  

If we suspect a client may have suffered a brain injury, we have them undergo a neuropsychological evaluation by a qualified professional. The neuropsychological test will determine whether the person demonstrates cognitive differences, which cannot be explained in any way other than physical damage to the brain.

If the neuropsychological test indicates possible brain injury, the next step required for medical evidence will be a brain scan. A scan known as Susceptibility-Weighted Imaging (SWI) will detect the possible presence of small hemorrhages in the brain showing iron deposits. These deposits, known as hemosiderins, are the virtual fingerprints proving that a brain injury has occurred.

Hiring an experienced attorney with extensive knowledge of traumatic brain injury personal injury claims is a critical first step in seeking full and fair compensation.

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