When a loved one is involved in a serious accident in Albuquerque, your initial concern is that they are able to survive the ordeal. If they emerge from it having sustained a traumatic brain injury, your cares quickly transition to their long-term prognosis. Most people who come to see us here at Martinez, Hart, Thompson and Sanchez, P.C. in such a scenario are worried that they have no way of knowing such information (which is important when contemplating seeking action against the parties responsible for their loved ones’ injuries). Yet such information may indeed be available thanks to the Glasgow Coma Scale. 

This is a clinical observation test that caregivers employ in the immediate aftermath of a TBI to see how extensively a victim’s brain may have been damaged. Per information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the GCS measures your loved one’s responses according to their motor skills, eye movement and verbal responses. Their ability to respond to external stimuli in these areas provides an indication of whether or not they may have suffered serious brain damage, and offers a potential glimpse at what their long-term outlook may be. 

Point totals are assigned in each of the aforementioned categories and then summed to come up with a final score. The score breakdown (and its indications) are as follows: 

  • 13-15 Points: Mild brain injury 
  • 9-12 Points: Moderate brain injury 
  • 8 Points or below: Severe brain injury 

Complete recovery from a mild (or even a moderate) brain injury may indeed be possible. Severe brain injuries may leave your loved one dependent on extensive care for the rest of their lives. You can learn more about dealing with the aftermath of serious injuries by continuing to explore our site.