The period immediately after your loved suffers a brain injury in Bozeman is typically the most frightening for you and your family. As care is being rendered, you may hear the term “Glasgow Coma Score” or “GCS” being shared back-and-forth between the health care providers aiding your family member or friend. This refers to the measurement of your loved one’s responsiveness, and is used to help clinicians diagnose the severity of the injury. Understanding what it is may help you comprehend the extent of the danger that he or she is in. Keep in mind, however, that an initial GCS may not give an accurate initial depiction of how extensive the injury actually may be.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, GCS is determined by conducting three sensory tests: eye opening, verbal response, and motor response. A numerical value is assigned based on each result, with the level of severity given in descending order. The classifications of brain injuries and their corresponding GCS scores are as follows:
- A GCS between 13 and 15 indicates a mild brain injury. In this case, your loved one usually has a high probability of recovery.
- A GCS between 8 and 12 indicates a moderate brain injury. Your loved may be left with some behavioral and/or learning deficits, but these may be overcome through rehabilitation.
- A GCS of less than 8 indicates a severe brain injury. This usually results in an extended state of unconsciousness, after which your loved one may never fully recover.
The level of extended care your loved one will require depends directly on the extent of his or her brain injury. Understanding what that may be could potentially influence your decision to pursue compensation from the one responsible for the accident that caused the injury.