The Importance of Getting Your Head Injury Diagnosed

October 3, 2016 | Brain and Spinal Injury

Many types of accidents can result in head injuries, including motor vehicle collisions, pedestrian accidents, sports injuries, and falls, among others. If you are in any type of accident and bump your head or suffer a jolt of the head, it is highly important that you see a medical professional to determine whether or not you have a head injury. Head injuries can be very serious and can have many symptoms that can affect various aspects of your life. Without a proper diagnosis and treatment, you can experience complications from your injury and can put yourself at a high risk for subsequent injuries.

Head injuries can include skull fractures, contusions or bleeding on the brain, traumatic brain injuries, and more. All of these can result in many symptoms or few symptoms. Some examples of head injury symptoms can include:



-Loss of consciousness

-Memory problems

-Sensory issues

-Behavioral changes


-Depression in the skull

-Black eyes

Even if you experience few or relatively minor symptoms, do not underestimate the importance of seeking a medical evaluation. Symptoms can arise over time or can be limited but that does not mean you did not suffer a serious injury.

Diagnosis of Head Injuries

There are different ways a doctor can diagnose a head injury. First, imaging tests can identify whether there is a fracture or visible damage to your brain tissue. In addition, there are tests that doctors use to identify how significantly your abilities and faculties have been affected. The major tests used to diagnose head or brain injuries include:

CT scan


Glasgow Coma Scale2

Ranchos Los Amigos Scale

Once you are diagnosed with a head injury, your treatment will vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury. Treatment often includes physical and cognitive rest, which can require time off work or school. In more serious cases, you may need to be hospitalized to monitor bleeding or brain pressure and some patients require surgical procedures. Rehabilitative therapy is also a major part of head and brain injury treatment in many situations.

Getting a diagnosis is not only imperative for your health but also for any potential legal claim you may bring in regard to your head injury. Having a complete medical record and timely diagnosis can help you prove the extent of your injuries and losses if you file a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim against any party that caused your injury.

Discuss Your Case with an Indianapolis Head Injury Lawyer Today

At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many head injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced head injury attorney handling your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.