Can Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) go undetected by the EMT and in the emergency room?

emergencyTraumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is often undetected by the doctors, nurses and other personnel in the emergency room (ER). What happens during the initial response after an accident with regard to the investigation of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is not to be misunderstood as a statement of the lack of care that occurs at the emergency room or by the emergency medical technician (EMT). The ER is designed to treat emergency physical conditions that require urgent care in order to prevent death or immediate further injury to the body. The EMT's job is similar in that his or her job is to perform an initial and quick assessment, possibly perform CPR, splinting an appendage...etc. The EMT's main job is to keep the patient status quo and to get that patient to the ER.

In both situations, where there is a closed head injury, it is often that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is either unappreciated or undiagnosed. The insurance industry and their lawyers seize upon this failure to argue that since the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) was undiagnosed by the EMT and in the ER, then the accident did not cause the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). And jurors often lend credence to this argument since it is not commonly understood that in many cases, a person can suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) yet it is undetected during the initial treatment period.

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