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Infographic: 4 Things You Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

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Traumatic Brain Injury Testing and the United States Department of Defense

human brain injuryThe United States Defense Department and Abbott Laboratories, an American pharmaceuticals and health care products company, have recently reached an agreement to collaborate on the development of portable blood tests which would help to evaluate and diagnose concussions and other head and brain injuries. Abbott will use its handheld diagnostic system, i-Stat, to develop the tests which will be designed to identify “certain proteins, or biomarkers, that are released into the bloodstream following a brain injury like a concussion.”

Diagnosis of a Traumatic Brain Injury is a difficult task with many hurdles that have been difficult to overcome for medical providers for many years. To begin with, Traumatic Brain Injuries vary greatly in severity from mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (like a sports concussion) to quite severe injuries, such as Diffuse Axonal Injuries (occurs when there is a tearing the brain’s long connecting nerve fibers, or axons as a result of a brain violently shaking or rotating movement inside the skull), which often result in comas, and in severe cases victims never regain consciousness.

COMMON DIAGNOSTIC TEST FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Below are the most common tests used to diagnose Traumatic Brain Injuries:
  • Glasgow Coma Scale: the initial test for doctors or emergency responders to evaluate the severity of a brain injury. Eye response, verbal response, and motor response is graded on a 15-point scale. The lower the score, the more severe the injury. The higher the score, the less severe the injury.
  • CT Scan (computerized tomography): a CT scan can detect bleeding in the brain, skull fractures, hematomas, brain bruises, and the swelling of brain tissue. A CT scan uses multiple X-rays to put together a detailed look into the brain.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): Often used after the victim’s condition has stabilized, a MRI uses magnetic and radio waves to develop a high definition image of the brain.
  • Intracranial Pressure Monitor: a probe used to monitor the cranial pressure in a victim’s skull that is the result from brain swelling.
However, diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injuries is often quite difficult, especially in the case of Diffuse Axonal Injuries. In those instances, there are two other methods of testing for TBI:
  • Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) - uses a type of contrast in MRI different from traditional imaging techniques. Two images are combined to create an enhanced image referred to as a SWI. SWI is typically run at a high resolution and is sensitive to gray matter/white matter boundaries which allow the radiologist or interpreting physician to see the microscopic bleeds which other diagnostic tools tend to miss.
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) – allows direct examination of aspects of the tissue microstructure and provides a detailed view of the brain, and enables mapping of the orientation of white-matter tracts. Images the brain’s white the most important structures to decipher the location of pathology in TBI. Additionally, DTI allows physicians to quantify white matter integrity, and because TBI frequently involves white matter injury, and can be used to demonstrate injuries and pathology which can be attributed to mild TBI.
CONTACT YOUR TAMPA BAY AREA BRAIN INJURY LAWYERS

Clearwater traumatic brain injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group understand the life changing effect Traumatic Brain Injuries have on both the victims and their families. If you or a loved one have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, whether it be a Diffuse Axonal Injury or otherwise, as a result of a car accident or fall, contact us today. We will never relent in our advocacy for you, our client, against an insurance company and fight to ensure that you are compensated properly for the damages suffered.

Our teams of experienced attorneys are constantly keeping up to date with the latest scientific and technological developments in the medical field. Not only do we have the resources to take on the biggest insurance providers, we also have the resources to ensure that you received the proper medical diagnosis and treatment.  Contact the firm for a free case evaluation and consultation by calling 727-451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900

http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/brain-injury/

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Infographic: Clearing up the Confusion About Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Florida PIP Law - Qualifying for Medical Benefits
 
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Infographic: You Won't Believe The Alarming Statistics of Texting While Driving

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Who is Liable for a Dooring Accident in Pinellas County?

dooringAs environmental and health concerns have increased in recent years, more and more people began looking for alternate forms of transportation. One of the most popular and inexpensive ways is bicycling. Many cities have started to make their roadways safer for the increasing number of cyclists by adding bike lanes and safe travel routes along the city streets. These extra lanes have made commuting by bicycle safer than it ever has been, however, it does not completely rule out all dangerous hazards and threats to the safety of the bicyclist. One such threat is that of dooring.

WHAT IS A DOORING ACCIDENT?

Dooring occurs as one is riding along the right side of the road, as they should. This area of the road is called the “door zone.” The “door zone” indicates the area that the door of an automobile parked along the side of the road will occupy when it is swung open. When the door of an automobile is flung open into the “door zone” right in front of a bicyclist, they will hit the door and be thrown from their bike. A dooring accident can also occur when the bicycle rider is struck by the passenger side vehicle door. This occurs much less often than being struck by the driver’s side door.

WHAT INJURIES CAN RESULT FROM A DOORING ACCIDENT?

A dooring accident is sudden and surprising, and due to the nature of the accident many serious injuries, and even death, can occur. If a bicyclist is travelling at a high speed and cannot stop in time when a door is opened in front of them, they can end up with a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, a neck injury, broken bones, and severe lacerations and contusions. Even worse, a bicyclist may instinctively swerve into traffic to avoid colliding with door, risking a fatal collision with a moving automobile.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO AVOID A DOORING ACCIDENT?

Bicyclists must practice defensive riding habits to stay as safe as possible when sharing the road with motorists. When possible, bicyclists may travel just outside of the “door zone,” even if it means slightly obstructing traffic — bicyclists have the right of way. If this is not possible, bicyclists should make a habit of checking and watching to see if there is someone getting ready to exit their vehicle. If you see someone one in the driver’s seat, be prepared to stop if they should open the door in front of you — maybe even slow down as you approach the vehicle if needed.

It is the responsibility of the driver to check and make sure that opening the door will not injure any passing pedestrians or bicyclists. If they seriously injure someone in doing so, it may very well be considered an act of negligence.

CONTACT TAMPA BAY AREA BICYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS DOLMAN LAW GROUP

If you, a loved one, or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of a dooring accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced bicycle accident attorneys of Dolman Law Group at 727-451-6900 today for a free and confidential consultation. Our attorneys will do everything in their power to get you the compensation you deserve.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900

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