Suffering from a traumatic brain injury is something most people never expect they’ll be dealing with. Many people will be lucky and avoid serious injuries in their lifetimes, but others won’t be.
If you are someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury, there is a lot to learn. It’s costly to care for a serious injury like this, and diagnosis is the key to making a claim for a fair amount of compensation. Here’s what you should know about a traumatic brain injury assessment.
Many assessments won’t take place until you’re medically stable
To give you a diagnosis and assessment at the moment of the injury would be detrimental. While medical providers do need to know how badly you’ve been hurt, there’s no way to see how serious the injury is in the long-term until you’ve had time to stabilize.
Assessments may take more than one visit to a medical professional
Assessments might have to take place over time and with two, three or more medical professionals. People such as physiotherapists, neurologists, speech therapists and others may need to provide their opinions on your injuries and how they’ve affected you.
Assessments look at many factors
Assessments may look at factors such as the Coma Recovery Scale, areas of the brain that were injured and any impact on cognition that you’ve suffered. Other injuries that were suffered as well as secondary injuries have to be assessed.
Overall, it’s important to note that no single assessment is going to be enough. Multiple assessments are a better way to show the true impact of your injuries on you now and to figure out how you may be impacted in the future.