How severity of brain injury is measured

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2015 | Brain Injury

It is fair to say that no one ever wants to be seriously hurt. Perhaps one of the worst that someone in the state of Alabama could face is a brain injury. Though the severity of a brain injury may be minor and not have any lingering aftereffects, other times it can dramatically change the life of the person facing it.

Medical professionals gauge how serious a brain injury is initially using the Glasgow Coma Scale. Whether the injury is mild, moderate or severe is based upon assessments involving the following:

  • Eye opening
  • Verbal response
  • Motor response

The GCS score may or may not inform how well the injured individual recovers.

Severe brain injury is of course the most serious. Someone who fits into the category will have lost consciousness for a prolonged period of time. It could last months and could leave someone in a coma or vegetative state.

A moderate brain injury can have behavioral, cognitive or physical impairments that could last for months or even be permanent. Individuals who have a moderate brain injury will have lost consciousness, though for a shorter period than those with a severe brain injury.

Even someone who suffers a mild traumatic brain injury could find that they are dealing with unpleasant symptoms. Among other things, In addition to emotional mood swings someone who has this condition could suffer from memory problems, irritably and headache.

If a brain injury is the result of negligent actions taken by another party, filing a personal injury lawsuit might make sense. To determine whether such a claim is viable, it is a good idea to meet with a personal injury lawyer.

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