Our 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. The physician who plays a major role in the treatment of a brain injury patient is the neurologist.
Understanding The Role of a Neurologist
A neurologist is a physician (MD or DO) who specializes in diseases of the brain and nervous system. They tend to focus on the patient's physical manifestations of neurological problems, or problems related to abnormalities in structure or function of specific regions of the nervous system. Other specialists, like psychiatrists, and neuropsychologists, focus on different aspects of the injury, like the cognitive and emotional aspects. Most times, the professionals work in conjunction with each other.
A neurologist performs a neurological examination that provides crucial information about the nervous system to determine what is wrong with the patient. It typically includes an examination of the twelve nerves of the head and neck, reflexes, balance and coordination, muscle strength and movement, mental status, awareness and response to the environment, appearance and general behavior, orientation, attention and memory. Neurologists also perform diagnostic tests, such as lumbar puncture, electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography/nerve conduction velocity (EMG/NCV) to determine the nature and extent of the injury.
Based on the results of the neurological exam and the diagnostic tests (EEG, EMG, CT, MRI), a neurologist may refer a patient with head injury to a neuropsychologist for an understanding of which brain functions are impaired and which remain intact. A neuropsychological evaluation will be able to tell how the injury specifically affected thinking and behavior.
Neurologists can prescribe medications for seizures and other problems arising from the brain injury. They play a vital role in the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of the patient.
Contact Our Michigan Brain Injury Lawyers
Our Michigan brain injury lawyers work with neurologists and other medical professionals on a daily basis to make sure we understand the extent of the injuries sustained. If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident and sustained a brain injury, we can help you. Call our award winning legal team today at (800) 606-1717. It is important to hire an attorney who will fight for every dollar you deserve to take care of your situation. We have a proven track record of securing large settlements and jury verdicts for our clients, and we can do the same for you.
We represent all clients under our No Fee Promise, which means you will pay nothing for your case unless we are able to recover a settlement for you. If we are unable to win your case for any reason, you will owe us nothing. Remember, however, that there are strict time deadlines on filing personal injury cases in Michigan, so it is important you contact our office as soon as possible to ensure you get the settlement you are entitled to.