Four Reasons Traumatic Brain Injury Cases Are NOT Diagnosed
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a condition often undiagnosed and untreated. In many cases, TBI victims appear physically normal. Why do TBI cases often go undiagnosed and untreated? Several factors within both the medical profession and our larger community impact TBI diagnosis and treatment.
EMERGENCY ROOMS IGNORE SYMPTOMSEmergency rooms are hectic places where medical professionals must often make life or death decisions. In the middle of this chaos, patients with mild traumatic brain injuries may appear physically normal. A TBI may not be life-threatening in the ER. Sometimes, TBI symptoms are slow to develop. The symptoms may not even be evident in the immediate aftermath of an accident. Additionally, many of the tests in the emergency room are not sufficiently detailed to detect cases of mild traumatic brain injury. When you add all these factors, many accident victims leave the ER without their TBI being detected, diagnosed or treated.
MANY DOCTORS DO NOT UNDERSTAND TBI SYMPTOMSWe trust our doctors. However, many medical professionals lack a complete understanding or full training related to TBI.. Many times, medical professionals disregard TBI symptoms because the patient looks fine. On other occasions, medical professionals attribute TBI to other emotional problems. It is essential patients see a medical professional with the proper training and background to evaluate and treat traumatic brain injuries.
INSURANCE COMPANIES ACTIVELY IGNORE SYMPTOMSI frequently see this problem in workers' compensation cases. In Alabama workers' compensation claims, the insurance company gets to pick your doctor. And, many insurance companies will ignore medical problems whenever possible. The insurance company wants to save its own money. However, the cost of non-treatment is huge and falls on affected families, communities and taxpayers.
INJURED PATIENTS DENY SYMPTOMSMany patients who have suffered a head trauma deny their own symptoms. Some patients deny their problems out of pride or fear. Other patients don't even realize their problems. Family and friends have an important role in helping their loved ones suffering signs of a potential TBI. In my law practice, I frequently involve family in the process.