What is the Glasgow Coma Scale?

| Mar 9, 2020 | Personal injury |

When a family member or close friend in Alpharetta suffers a traumatic brain injury due to the recklessness or carelessness of another, you may feel compelled to take action against said negligence on their behalf. The question is how much assistance will they need in order to sufficiently deal with the impact of their injury. Knowing that in the immediate aftermath of it occurring may seem impossible. However, clinicians have developed a method that can give you a fairly accurate estimation of your loved one’s long-term prognosis. 

The Glasgow Coma Scale describes the common response types of TBI victims in the following three areas: 

  • Motor skills 
  • Speech 
  • Eye movement 

The clinicians treating your loved one observe these responses and assign each a respective score (1-4 for eye movement, 1-5 for verbal responses and 1-6 for motor skills). The individual scores are then added together to come up with a final total. Per information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a score above 13 indicates that your family member or friend has suffered a mild brain injury. A complete recovery from such an injury may indeed be possible (yet recuperative actions may still be needed). A GCS score between 9-12 indicates a moderate brain injury. Recovery from such an injury might also be possible (to a degree), yet your loved one may be forced to deal with physical and/or cognitive deficits. 

Scoring eight or below on the GCS means that your loved one has suffered a severe brain injury. This indicates irreparable brain damage, making the potential for any degree of recovery remote. Such an injury will likely leave them needing extensive (and costly) care, often for the remainder of their lives.