Thursday, January 2, 2014

Unearthing Discreet Brain Injury

In any discreet brain injury litigation case, evidence of the injury is needed from an objective source with all the necessary supporting evidence and documentation. Supporting documents and evidence include CT Scans, MRIs, medical certificates, and doctors’ reports. Insurance companies are not lining up or volunteering to pay brain injury claims. They will fight tooth and nail. 

They will examine your life and medical history with a microscope in order to prove otherwise and therefore not have to pay the claim. They use all the resources at their disposal including their office personnel filled with investigators and doctors and also hire additional outside help from private investigators.

The brain is very delicate, very vulnerable, and susceptible to long term and short term damage and injury. These injuries are not always immediately obvious or easily detected. After an accident some tests such as an MRI or a CT scan is not always done, especially if the person does not lose consciousness. Even these tests are not always conclusive and can miss critical information. There are many new tests and technologies available that complement these two tests and make it much easier to identify and prove discreet brain injury.

If you are involved in an accident or think you may have grounds for a claim it is important to be familiar with the tests that are available and the technologies that are available as they make the difference in proving or substantiating your case.

Diffusion Tensor Imaging software known as DTI can be used with the regular MRI machine to detect damage to the white tracts that might previously have gone unnoticed in the brain. These are responsible for the communication functions of the brain sending information from one area to another. The DTI works by following the movement of water in the white tracts within the brain. The results have been accepted as conclusive by the medical fraternity and scientific researchers.

Susceptibility Weighted Imaging, commonly referred to as SWI, is what makes small traces of blood or bleeding called micro hemorrhaging to be detected by x-ray or ultrasound. When this type of bleeding occurs it can go undetected because of how small the traces are and there could hundreds of those present. This technology is revolutionary as it makes it possible to identify the damage that can occur in the brain as a result of violent shaking, which can occur after an accident or collision. This was difficult or impossible to detect before the SWI.

Spectroscopy or MRS is relatively new and is used to identify imbalances of the matter in the brain that can result from an accident. Though not yet widely accepted its recognition and usage is growing and new research is being done every day. 

The important fact to know is that whenever there is an accident the damage or injury to the brain may not be easily or readily recognizable. You are not a specialist and even if you are you cannot treat yourself. Even doctors and some technology can miss damage to the brain. 

Just be sure to request all the relevant procedures in order to safeguard your health. For further information you may visit Priority Legal to obtain legal counsel.

Cheri Davis writes for

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