Traumatic Brain Injuries: Difficulty Diagnosing
Unfortunately, brain injuries are often missed by hospital emergency rooms, which are primarily focused on treating life threatening injuries. Worse yet, the CT Scans used initially after injury are only intended to see skull fractures and the small percentage of brain injuries with frank bleeding in the brain. Regardless of whether the brain injury is a frontal lobe injury, temporal lobe, occipital lobe, or parietal lobe injury, many people with brain injuries are not correctly diagnosed for months later, or never. In a recent article, 78% of the homeless population has sustained a brain injury, and been left without sufficient compensation from the person at fault for the injury to support themselves, leading them to rely upon public assistance paid by all taxpayers. This is why hiring an experienced brain injury lawyer is so important. If the injured person doesn’t receive the best outcome possible on their case, they are likely to end up being a financial burden on other taxpayers. Our position is that the person or company at fault should pay for the damage they caused, by taking appropriate personal or corporate responsibility. But, insurance companies and their lawyers will try to prevent fair compensation at every turn.
Even with cutting edge high definition 3T MRI, only 20% of brain injuries have positive results on MRI. It is well accepted within the medical community that both MRIs and CT scans will be negative. If you have a brain injury, and have been told that you have a negative MRI or CT, it does not mean that you do not have a legitimate mild traumatic brain injury. If you have brain injury symptoms, all that a negative MRI or CT means, is that you probably have what is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury.