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Coping With Brain Injuries

The Glasgow Coma Scale is used to assess the severity of a brain injury by measuring how unconscious a person is. The scale looks to answer several questions about the patients condition which add up to a number under 15, three is lowest number for someone still alive and 15 means theyre ok. There are three different levels to the GCS. Eye movement, speech and movement are the three main areas assessed. When it comes to assessing a brain injury, anything below a score of eight is considered as severe.

As callous as it sounds it’s always advisable to keep a note of any brain injury assessments in case you need to consults with specialist solicitors. Brain injuries are often assessed on an ongoing basis not just the initial damage.

More children under the age of ten are taken to hospital with suspected brain injuries than any other age group in the UK. Whereas childrens bones tend to heal quicker than adults, this logic doesnt transfer over to the brain. If the brain is badly damaged it will try to repair itself even at the expense of future development. Meaning they may struggle once they’re older. In this instance it’s always advisable to seek advice from a family law or personal injury specialist.

The most common reason for a brain to become damaged in the young is as a result of an acquired brain injury. Other causes include strokes which are more common in the elderly and factors like infections and allergic reactions. All these things are impossible to predict. If you or someone you love is unfortunate enough to suffer from a brain injury youll want to ensure theyre as comfortable as possible which isnt always possible through free health care. A personal injury solicitor maybe able help you claim compensation to help cover the costs of this care and should never be overlooked at the expense of pride.

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