Head Injuries

Various head injuries can arise from traffic accidents. The most common head injury is a concussion. A concussion can be sustained even without a loss of consciousness. People who sustain a concussion in an mva typically describe some of the following symptoms: feeling nauseous, dizzy, unable to recall actions and statements at the scene, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, having a headache, unusual mood swings and atypical emotional responses, loss of appetite, and sleep loss. Usually, these symptoms subside within a week of the collision. When they do not go away, the victim may have a Minor Traumatic Brain Injury ("MTBI") and require particular care and treatment, usually from a neurologist. Frequently, basic imaging studies like CT scan and brain MRIs are negative even though the victim has a brain injury. These test only show the structure of the brain. Now, we have access to significantly more sophisticated studies that show brain structural changes such as SWI MRI that detect the iron left behind from tiny hemorrhages. In addition to these and other structural test, we can also obtain brain function imagery. Quantitative EEG (aka QEEG, EAM, and Brain Mapping) shows brain wave activity for alpha, beta, theta, and delta brain activity and can map abnormal function. PET scan use radioactive markers to show drops in glucose underutilization that shows brain dysfunction in areas. SPECT scans are also use radiographic markers and map the brains vascular supply. Since the brain typically shuts down the blood supply to injured portions of the brain, wherever the SPECT scan maps drops in vascular function, the study suggests that those portions of the brain are injured. We are closely monitoring the maturation of MRS scan that detects intra-cellular exchange of metabolites at the time this content was written in 2016.

In addition to post-concussion syndrome and MTBI claims, other portions of the head can be injured and have serious consequences for victims. For example, we have handled vestibular injuries, inner ear injuries such as canal lithiasis, and chronic tinnitus injuries.