Harry Stump, Attorney At Law

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Pittsburgh, PA 15238

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Brain Injuries

An accident victim leaves the emergency room with negative findings on x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans of the brain.  The victim continues to suffer from headache, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, and/or excessive fatigue. This person has many subjective symptoms but has no objective evidence of any cognitive defect.  A subjective symptom is a symptom that a person says they have.  An objective symptom is a symptom that can be measured or verified. An example of the value of objective evidence of mild TBI can be found in the Veterans Administration claims

A 2015 article in the Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry states that Mild TBI may represent 70-90% of all brain injury cases that require medical attention.  After an accident, the injured party visits a hospital emergency room where x-rays, CT-scans and/or MRIs are reported as negative.  The literature states that the symptoms usually resolve within 3 months, but that 20-30% of injured persons have symptoms up to 6 months and 10-15% have chronic symptoms. These concussion symptoms may include difficulties: with balance and stabilizing vision; with coordinating eye movements; ability to concentrate or remember; migraine headaches or anxiety. Some of the

Not all brain injuries are the same.  They can range from total and complete disability to a spectrum of unpleasant changes.  The severity of a brain injury can be assessed by either the Rancho Los Amigos or Glasgow Coma Scale. The Rancho Los Amigos scale ranges from Level 1 (No response to ALL stimuli) to Level 10 (Purposeful Appropriate-responds to all stimulus).  The Glasgow Coma Scale ranges from one (does not open eyes, makes no sounds, makes no movement) to fifteen (opens eyes spontaneously, oriented and converses normally, and obeys commands.  The Glasgow Coma Scale focuses on eye, verbal and motor. It

  There are many types of TBI. A skull fracture is a fracture of the hard, bony covering of the head.  A closed skull fracture is occurs when there is a break in the bony covering of the skull without a break in the skin.  An open skull fracture occurs when there is also a break in the skin or scalp. A contusion occurs when the force of an impact forces the brain to hit the skull.  A coup contusion occurs at the point of impact with the skull.  A contrecoup contusion occurs opposite the point of impact with the skull. A concussion is

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.  The Brain Injury Association of America has sponsored this campaign for over 30 years.  The Association estimates that 153 persons die in the United States every day from this injury and that more than 280,000 persons are hospitalized per year. There are different categories of brain injury.  Some occur at birth, either by genetics, congenital or birth injury.  Others are acquired, or occur after birth.  An acquired brain injury can be either traumatic or non-traumatic. There are many types of non-traumatic brain injuries, some of which are caused by:  stroke, lack of oxygen, drug overdose