Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can take many different forms, ranging from mild concussions to crippling events that affect the quality of life and prevent a victim from working. Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common causes of TBIs in California and across the country. Even if you suffer a mild concussion, you should get specific tests and medical advice following your accident.
Act as your own advocate for TBIs
You trust your primary care doctor, but they may not know how to treat you after motor vehicle accidents. They might not know the specific battery of tests needed following TBIs, including mild concussions. Ensure that your primary care physician refers you to a neurologist specializing in TBIs. You should also seek a consultation with a neuropsychologist.
Proper testing is necessary if you intend to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your injuries. Even mild concussions can cause cognitive problems like memory loss, headaches, inability to focus, depression, anxiety and more. Among the tests you should undergo include:
- Susceptibility-weighted MRI
- Diffusion tensor imaging
- Quantitative Electroencephalogram
- Single-photon emission computed tomography scan
Each looks for specific problems and can help confirm post-concussion syndrome and other disabilities. The results of the tests can supply evidence for your claim when you seek compensation.
Don’t let a language barrier ruin your chances
Although you may be fluent in English, you may not fully understand the medical terminology involved in personal injury cases. Advocate for yourself and your family, and make sure that you work with someone who can explain things thoroughly.
Understanding what has happened and how it affects your brain and your life can make a difference in a personal injury lawsuit. You owe it to yourself and your family to get the compensation you deserve.