After a car accident where you’ve hit your head, it can be difficult to prove an injury without medical records ... new tests will help us show insurance companies and juries just how significant the head injury really is.
Portland, OR (PRWEB) March 12, 2012
A new development in brain scans used to locate traumatic brain injuries (TBI) will help accident victims prove to insurance companies the extent of their brain injuries, according to Portland brain injury attorney Joshua Shulman of Shulman DuBois LLC. The new scan technology is being developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.
“After a car accident where you’ve hit your head, it can be difficult to prove an injury without medical records indicating the extent of the damage,” Shulman said. “But these new tests will help us show insurance companies and juries just how significant the head injury really is.”
Shulman and his partner Sean DuBois are members of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, and their firm recently settled a brain injury case for $500,000 in a premises liability claim.
The new test, called high-definition fiber tracking, allows doctors to pinpoint the areas of damage in the brain by using high-powered MRIs that map brain fiber tracts. The map will employ different colors to designate functions and injuries.
In the past, brain injuries were not always apparent, as current scans can only show bleeding or swelling. Bleeding and swelling, unfortunately, did not always explain brain injury victims’ symptoms, making it difficult to show cause and effect after an accident. But with the fiber tracking, brain injury victims and Portland brain injury lawyers will have more than “my head hurts and I can’t think clearly” to explain their discomfort – and to show insurance adjusters.
Symptoms of brain injuries include:
- Chronic headaches
- Memory loss
- Slurred speech
- Mood swings
- Behavioral changes
- Abnormal irritability
- Loss of hearing, vision, taste, smell.
- Speech and language problems
Because these symptoms all vary by the person, it can be difficult for regular MRIs to show that these symptoms are caused by a brain injury, as opposed to some other factor, and in some cases, the symptoms of the brain injury victim will be attributed to unrelated causes by the insurance companies. But the high-definition fiber tracking will be able to show what damage was done, in which parts of the brain, and therefore help us explain these warning signs medically.
“This will be really useful for Oregon brain injury victims. With insurance companies always reluctant to pay for medical treatment, this is one more way to show them empirically the harsh consequences of an accident,” said Shulman.
He is hopeful that this new technology will mean that Oregonians with brain injuries will not need to spend as much time fighting insurance companies for fair compensation. By just showing the results of the new brain scan, injury victims should be able to establish damages without litigation and trial.
Each year in the United States, according to the CDC, 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury and 52,000 TBI victims die. With statistics like these, it becomes increasingly important that those who have been injured receive the proper treatment.
About Shulman DuBois LLC:
The Portland personal injury law firm of Shulman DuBois LLC, is based in SE Portland, OR. Partners Joshua Shulman and Sean DuBois have experience helping people who have been injured in car, truck, bicycling, pedestrian, and motorcycle accidents. Their areas of expertise include brain injuries, child injuries, and victims of drunk driving. For a free consultation, call 503-222-4411 or contact us at our Portland Injury Law website.