Traumatic brain injury is one of the most overlooked injuries in personal injury matters. From the outside, the victim appears to be normal. However, soon after an accident, even medical professionals at the emergency room miss the signs. This can be as subtle as slower speech to partial short term memory loss. Loss of executive functioning is another aspect that is not readily apparent. Serious brain injuries such as concussions, subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhages, and hematomas can show up in various ways.
A victim of a serious brain injury does not need have been unconscious or “knocked out” for a brain injury to occur. In fact, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), a test defendants’ attorneys like to point to in these cases, provide little information as to the long term effects of a brain injury. Signs of brain injuries include headaches, blurred vision, loss of memory, loss of executive function and other symptoms of injury.
Medical experts who can diagnose and treat such injuries include neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons, psychologists, physical rehabilitation experts and psychiatrists. There are a battery of tests that can be performed to evaluate the injury, many tailored to take into consideration both age and primary language.
Given that brain injuries for most people are “invisible” to the lay person, an attorney with experience in the field is important to be able to put forth such injuries to not only the attorneys for the defendant, but also for a judge and jury. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Ara Jabagchourian, P.C. have worked with many experts who are in their respective fields and know how to demonstrate the magnitude of the brain injury. Experts from research hospitals such as UCLA and Stanford have been used for clients of Law Offices of Ara Jabagchourian, P.C. to set forth the real injuries sustained in an accident.