Reviewing the Glasgow Coma Scale

The motorcyclist in your life might complain about having to wear a helmet whenever he or she goes for a ride in Jasper, yet the laws that mandate it were created with his or her well-being in mind. We here at The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., however, can attest to the fact that while motorcycle helmets can help prevent injury, they offer no guarantee that your loved one will be able to walk away from an accident unscathed. They may not even completely prevent him or her from suffering a head injury. 

If someone close to you did happen to sustain a head injury in a motorcycle accident, then your first question will likely be to what extent he or she will be able to recover. The answer may arise from a test administered by healthcare providers in the immediate aftermath of his or her collision. This test is known as the Glasgow Coma Scale, and it measures the response of one who has suffered a head injury to external stimuli. 

According to information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the responses measured on the Glasgow Coma Scale are: 

  • Eye opening 
  • Motor functions
  • Verbal cues

Each category has points assigned to it, and the cumulative point total determines the presumed extent of the injury. Scores between 13-15 indicate a mild brain injury, 9 to 12 a moderate one, and less than 8 indicates severe brain damage may have occurred. This information will be used in your loved one's prognosis going forward. Knowing what this means for his or her current and future needs may influence your decision to seek compensation from the one responsible for causing his or her accident. More information on dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be found throughout the rest of our site. 

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