After learning that a loved one has been involved in an accident in Gainesville, you are likely overjoyed to hear that they have survived. Yet they may not be completely “out of the woods” yet (particularly if they suffered a brain injury). Traumatic brain injuries can be as minor as a concussion (from which line can recover in just a few days) to serious injuries that can leave one in a persistent vegetative state for the rest of their lives. Yet how are you to know what the outcome of your family member or friend’s TBI may be?
Clinicians use a test known as the Glasgow Coma Scale when treating patients who have suffered TBIs. This test measures the extent of a brain injury by observing a person’s response in the following areas:
- Motor response
A point value is assigned in each of the three aforementioned areas based on how your loved one responds to external stimuli. According to information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a cumulative score between 13-15 indicates a minor brain injury, while a score between nine and 12 is indicative of a brain injury of moderate severity. A score of less than eight is an indicator of a severe brain injury.
Your loved one may likely be left to deal with severe impairments if they suffer a severe TBI. Yet even a minor brain injury can cause lingering effects that make the tasks of daily living difficult to accomplish. Understanding exactly what your family member or friend may be facing in the future due to their TBI may help you in determining what (if any) action you might take.