Traumatic brain injury diagnosis is difficult. The need for expensive and cumbersome equipment coupled with the fact that sometimes symptoms don’t appear until well after the head injury occurred makes it possible for physicians to miss a traumatic brain injury diagnosis.
Now, research has indicated that diagnosing a traumatic brain injury may one day become as simple as a blood test. Banyan Biomarkers and Quanterix are studying two proteins that are unleashed when a blow to the head occurs. These proteins cross the brain-blood barrier and are easily identifiable in a blood test. This “blood test for the brain” shows great promise as being a quick and reliable way to determine if a traumatic brain injury has occurred. This opens the door for many victims to sue for damages much earlier than they would have previously been able which may allow them to move forward with their lives quicker after an injury.
Unfortunately, the blood test is not ready for physician use just yet. In the meantime, we’ll have to continue to rely on current diagnosis methods. Those methods rely heavily on identifying symptoms and connecting those symptoms to an incident where the head was injured or received a blow.
Symptoms Of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries affected as many as 10 million people around the world every year. People of all ages are affected from kids to athletes to the elderly, but diagnosis and treatment remain elusive. It’s this disconnect between the time an injury occurs and the time at which symptoms begin to appear that make it difficult to bring a traumatic brain injury lawsuit.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:
- Persistent headaches
- Memory loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Light sensitivity
- Loss of coordination
If one or more of these symptoms appear after you’ve suffered a head injury, even weeks or months after the incident occurred, traumatic brain injury must be suspected and you should visit your physician and consult an Orlando traumatic brain injury attorney to see if you might have a personal injury case.
“In many traumatic brain injury cases, there is a dispute about whether the patient lost consciousness. When there is not clear evidence of a head strike or brain bleed, the defense simply contends that no head injury occurred. The development and use of the BDNF protein test in the emergency department can help a plaintiff establish objectively that their body exhibited objection signs of brain trauma. That will go a long way to persuading jurors to accept that an injured plaintiff sustained brain trauma,” explains Orlando attorney Ken McKenna.
Bringing A Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit
In some cases, traumatic brain injuries are unfortunate accidents, but others may have been caused by someone else’s negligence. If so, you can take legal action to try and receive compensation for the injuries sustained. Treating traumatic brain injuries is expensive, can take a long time, and may be devastating to the victim and his/her family. Compensation from the negligent party can help make the recovery period easier and less stressful for everyone involved.
If you think you or a loved have suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact an Orlando traumatic brain injury lawyer at DWKMRS to discuss your legal options.