MRJ Brain Injury Team published in Brain Injury Professional
The MRJ Brain Injury Team has published an article in Volume 11, Issue 3 of the Brain Injury Professional, the official publication of the North American Brain Injury Society. The article, Pitfalls of Oversimplified Headache Diagnosis in TBI Litigation, discusses the diagnostic criteria for different types of post-traumatic headaches (PTH) and discusses legal issues surrounding the diagnosis of PTH in the context of traumatic brain injury litigation.
It occurs all too often that doctors diagnose PTH without thorough investigation of the patient’s symptoms or clinical history. According to the International Classification of Headache Disorders, there are hundreds of different types of headaches, each with specific symptom presentations, treatment options, and prognoses. It is important for physicians to accurately diagnose headaches in order to choose the proper treatment options. It is also important for doctors to understand the importance of differential diagnosis and the legal implications of failing to rule out other potential causes of a patient’s headaches.
We hope that the article will be helpful to both plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys and will encourage more critical dialogue between the legal and medical groups of the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) regarding the importance of differential diagnosis in TBI litigation.
Following the publication of our article, NABIS invited us to speak at their upcoming conference, Legal Issues in Brain Injury. The conference will be held from April 30th to May 2nd, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. We are happy to be working closely to NABIS and will provide further updates as the conference approaches.