Unlike many other types of serious injuries, brain injuries aren’t always visible to others. Even if someone has suffered a severe brain injury, they might still appear uninjured to the outside perspective.
However, brain injuries are some of the most painful, expensive, and life-changing injuries. That’s why it’s so important for injured victims to prove the existence of their brain injury when filing personal injury claims.
Insurance companies often attempt to deny the existence of a brain injury, and it’s typically up to the victim’s lawyer to find ways to prove that their client suffered a brain injury.
Here are a few of the most common ways that attorneys prove traumatic brain injuries.
Identifying Your Brain Injury Symptoms
In many cases, proving a traumatic brain injury starts with showing the range of symptoms you experienced after your injury. These may include:
• Loss of consciousness
• Blurred vision
• Memory loss
• Speech-language difficulties
• Changes in personality
• Mood swings
• Physical impairment
These symptoms might manifest immediately after the injury occurred or in the days and weeks that follow. If you believe you’ve suffered a serious brain injury, keep a detailed list of your symptoms as you experience them.
Some Medical Scans Might Reveal a Brain Injury
Imaging procedures like MRIs and CT scans can be useful tools when proving a traumatic brain injury. Both can reveal damage to the brain, especially if there was extensive bleeding or bruised tissue stemming from the injury.
Another possible procedure used to prove brain injuries is the use of a qEEG, or a quantitative electroencephalogram. Through the use of sensors attached to a person’s head, a qEEG measures brain wave patterns in a process called brain mapping. Certain patterns could indicate a serious brain injury.
Though these procedures can uncover damage to the brain, they’re also limited in their capacity to detect brain injuries. Just because these procedures don’t show any damage, that does not mean there isn’t any damage there. And in many instances, imaging techniques offer few to no insights on the full extent of someone’s injury. That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced brain injury lawyer who knows to look beyond imaging procedures and speak to those closest to you for further evidence.
Interviews With Loved Ones Tell the Full Story
Perhaps the most important brain injury evidence will come from the accounts of your friends, family members, and even coworkers. Changes in personality and mood are hallmarks of these injuries, and the people closest to you will know better than anyone else when you’re behaving differently. They’ll also notice if you’re withdrawn or experience dramatic mood swings.
In some ways, the people closest to brain injury victims are better at identifying these changes than the victims themselves. If you and your legal team are trying to prove the existence of a brain injury, your loved ones will be an important resource.
If You Need an Attorney, Fieger Law Is Here to Help
At Fieger Law, our Michigan brain injury lawyers know how important these cases are for brain injury victims. We have decades of experience helping our clients the maximum amount of compensation they’re entitled to.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, and you’re now considering your legal options, let Fieger Law help. Contact our firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment.