Arkansas Lawyers Discuss New Brain Injury Testing Method
Brain injuries and concussions occur when the head is jarred in such a manner that the brain strikes the inside of the skull, causing bruising and swelling to occur around the brain. Unfortunately, these types of injuries are all too common in our state. In fact, data indicates there are an average of 2,200 Arkansas brain injury hospitalizations and around 695 brain injury fatalities are reported each year.
The symptoms of these injuries can be very difficult to spot, which is why a new test has been developed to identify traumatic brain injuries more easily. According to FOX News, the test examines the victim’s vision to determine if he or she has suffered a traumatic brain injury.
A potential brain injury victim’s ability to follow an object or light with their eyes, as well as an examination of the eye’s ability to dilate, have been used to identify concussions and other injuries for decades. Now though, the King-Devick Test uses the victim’s ability to speed-read.
A base line reading is required for the test and is determined by having the individual read a series of words as fast as possible. If a brain injury is suspected, the victim takes the test again so that the two scores can be compared.
The test was found to be effective amongst young athletes. Researchers found those who suffered a traumatic brain injury read the lines an average of 5.2 seconds slower than their previous base line scores.
Failing to treat head injuries can have devastating results. That’s why the Little Rock personal injury lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are hopeful this new testing method can be utilized in the future. We also encourage anyone who believes they may have suffered a brain injury to seek treatment as soon as possible.