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Role of the Psychiatrist In Brain Injury

Michigan personal injury lawyers representing brain injury patients from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of injuries usually work in cooperation with the patient's medical team.   There are a number of medical professionals involved in the treatment of a patient suffering a traumatic brain injury or closed head injury.  Each one specializes in a treating and evaluating the injury from a different perspective.  A physician who plays a major role in the treatment of a brain injury patient is the psychiatrist.

A psychiatrist is a physician (MD or DO) who specializes in the treatment of mental illness and mental disorders.  These illnesses and disorders are either genetic, inherited, or caused by personal situations or accidents and injuries. When treating patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries and closed head injuries, the psychiatrist tends to focus on the patient's the cognitive and emotional problems.  Other physicians, like neurologists, address the physical problems, like post-traumatic seizures.  Most times, the professionals work in conjunction with each other.

There are numerous sub-specialties in the field of psychiatry, ranging from child psychiatry to adult psychiatry.  Many psychiatrists specialize in behavioral medicine and others specialize in addiction medicine.  Psychiatrics frequently rely on the testing performed by neuropsychologists in formulating their treatment plan for a brain injured patient.  This may include providing counseling, therapy, and medication for the injured person.  They play a vital role in the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of the patient.

Psychiatrists also play an important role in the litigation process based upon their understanding of brain injuries.  They are able to explain to a jury how a brain injury has affected a person and how the injured person will continue to be affected in the future.  This is important in determining the proper monetary compensation for a brain injury victim.

Brain injury patients and their families interested in investigating an accident or injury case should contact our firm immediately.

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