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Predicting outcomes for traumatic brain injuries

Louisiana residents may not be aware of just how damaging a traumatic brain injury can be. In some cases, a TBI can lead to impaired memory, personality changes and other symptoms well after the injury occurs. Even though there has been increased research into the lasting effects of TBIs, diagnostic knowledge and effective treatments are still limited.

After a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, he or she may undergo a series of computerized tomography scans that provide a score for the injuries. These CT scans allow doctors to visualize the damage that has been done so that they can predict the potential outcome for the patient. Doctors will also be able to determine what types of treatment might be most effective based on the score provided by the CT scan. However, there are four different primary scoring systems that could result in different treatment plans.

Two scoring systems that were developed more recently have been shown to provide more predictive results. These two methods, called Stockholm and Helsinki, have also determined that subarachnoid hemorrhage is crucial in determining the outcome prediction for patients. This is due to the fact that there is a lack of effective treatments for brain injuries in the subarachnoid membrane that surrounds and protects the brain.

A brain injury caused by an auto crash or another type of accident can result in serious life-impacting injuries or disabilities. If such a victim is diagnosed with a TBI disability, he or she may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. A head and brain injury attorney could help an injured person and his or her family seek compensation for medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost income and emotional damages.

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