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Coping With Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) often change victims’ lives forever. However, insurance companies try their hardest to avoid fully paying victims for the enormous costs and losses they suffer after an injury to the brain.

When doctors categorize brain injuries, they look for signs of life-threatening injuries. Rather than considering the severity of your headache, the ringing in your ears, or the extent of your personality changes, the doctors are focused on evaluating whether you need immediate surgery or other life-saving treatments.

For this reason, the diagnostic scales that doctors use to classify brain injuries focus on symptoms like loss of consciousness and your ability to respond to sounds and other stimulation. Doctors also take imaging studies like MRI and CT scans into account when grading a TBI, but they typically look for severe bleeding, swelling, and other obvious damage.

Unfortunately, much of the damage caused by a brain injury occurs on a near-microscopic level and may not be visible on imaging scans. This type of almost-invisible damage, known as microtrauma, can cause severe symptoms while failing to appear in diagnostic tests. Such hard to define injuries will almost certainly lead to disputes with insurance companies.

Because of the complex and fragile nature of the brain, every brain injury needs to be taken seriously. Even a so-called “mild