The challenges of diagnosing, treating a brain injury

For doctors, it can be difficult to diagnose brain trauma and determine a course of treatment. That is because the brain is a very complex organ that we still don’t know very much about. In an article on the subject in the Press of Atlantic City, a doctor who specializes in spinal and brain trauma says that unless the doctor does a test on a specific area of the brain, he or she won’t detect damage to that area.

Even a “mild” brain injury can have long-lasting effects. A man profiled in the Press article suffered a concussion in a 2012 assault. After weeks in the hospital and another period as an inpatient at a rehabilitation center, the man considers himself recovered. Even then, he says his thoughts now seem to outrace his speech, and his athletic abilities have diminished.

Still, the man considers himself lucky, compared with people who sustained more severe brain trauma. “I made the best of a bad situation,” he said.

Time and hard work can help a TBI patient in Pittsburgh heal as much as possible. But not everyone recovers completely, and even if you do, you may have to spend thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost income. Not to mention the pain and suffering you must endure. These are examples of the sort of damages that personal injury litigation is designed to help victims recover.