FOR ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN COLLISIONS OR SUSTAINING A TRAUMATIC INJURY
Did you know:
Traumatic brain injuries account for more than 2 million emergency room visits each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, these injuries account for more than 50,000 deaths. Evidence shows that a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) actually reduces life expectancy and results in an increase in long-term mortality.1 Even for a “mild” TBI, there is ample evidence which disputes the idea of a patient making a complete recovery.2 To be sure, “[i]t is well-recognized that [. . . ] patients often having persisting difficulties with concentration and memory.”3 Further, a study of over 350,000 veterans revealed that the risk of developing dementia after sustaining even a “mild” TBI without loss of consciousness is more than double that of individuals who have never suffered a TBI.4
Therefore, if you are an attorney representing an injured victim, you know the potential exposure of lifetime medical needs for a patient with a traumatic brain injury. It is critical for the patient to undergo objective testing to assess cognitive function after a possible concussion. It is important to note that even trained healthcare providers may have a hard time diagnosing a concussion because of the varying signs or symptoms, or they may simply overlook the injury because of other injuries being deemed more serious at the time (i.e., broken bones, bleeding, or spinal cord or disk injuries.) Also, the majority of traumatic brain injuries do not show up on CT scans or MRIs. Further, most of the time, traumatic brain injuries do not involve a loss of consciousness.
Using our system, patients are put through a battery of neuro-cognitive tests for concussion diagnosis and potential care. The test is designed to check a person’s level of functioning after a suspected concussion. As of December 2020, more than 20 million tests have been administered, comprised of both baseline AND post-injury concussion patients. The test is the first device to ever receive FDA clearance for concussion assessment. The test is designed to assess cognitive skills such as word memory, reaction time, and word recognition, all of which could be affected by a head injury. The results are then compared to an age-matched control database, or when available, a patient’s pre-injury baseline score. The test takes approximately 30 minutes to administer and complete.
Once the test is administered and interpreted by a health care provider, the following may happen:
* If negative, the report will be provided to the referring health care professional.
* If positive, the following treatment protocol is recommended: