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Proof Of Traumatic Brain Injury.April 9, 2014
It has been our experience as Buffalo personal injury lawyers that traumatic brain injury is among the more difficult injuries to prove. While some brain injuries are obvious and involve clear physical signs such as bleeding or skull fractures, many traumatic brain injuries are caused by much more subtle damage that is not visible during diagnostic testing.
As a result, in many cases the best evidence of traumatic brain injury is a demonstration of how the damage has altered the functioning of the injured person. Individuals with traumatic brain injury often exhibit changes in behavior, mood, and cognitive functioning that can be described to a jury. There are also many tests addressing issues such as memory and cognitive functioning that may be used by doctors to evaluate the condition of the injured person.
Fortunately for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, newer imaging devices are becoming available that actually show how the brain is functioning. These newer devices include PET scans – which can show areas of the brain that are not receiving sufficient oxygen, and more powerful MRI machines capable to detecting small scale damage that previously could not be seen – including small iron deposits left by microscopic blood vessel ruptures.
Other improvements in MRI technology may also assist in diagnosing brain injuries. MRI Diffusion Tensor MRI studies see how water molecules flow through brain nerve fibers. If the nerve fibers are damaged, the water does not flow evenly. Functional MRI studies show which areas of the brain are functioning when the patient is asked to perform different tasks and can be used to determine if the brain is operating normally.
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