DALLAS, Texas. One of the most difficult aspects of a personal injury claim is the pain and suffering recovery. Unlike other aspects of a claim for which there are clear medical expenses, bills, and pay stubs, pain and suffering damages don’t often come with concrete evidence. Pain is a highly subjective experience. What might be unbearable pain for one person, might be manageable to another. Some people are able to go to work through their pain, while others need bed rest and time to recover.
When it comes to making a personal injury claim, pain and suffering damages are an essential aspect of any claim. Pain and suffering damages must be estimated based on a person’s medical bills and the extent of the individual’s injuries. The cost of medical expenses is generally multiplied by another number known as a “multiplier.” The more permanent and serious an injury, the higher this number will be. A person who suffers paralysis or a serious traumatic brain injury will generally use a higher multiplier than a person who suffers a broken bone or scrapes in a car accident.
Yet, pain remains quite difficult to quantify. The pain and suffering of an active person after suffering a broken bone will be higher than the pain and suffering of a more sedentary person. The problem personal injury lawyers face is finding ways to quantify this pain. According to QZ, a new artificial intelligence system may be able to change all that.
In a recent study, doctors were able to train an artificial intelligence machine how to detect cases of fibromyalgia by using just a brain scan. According to QZ, the average patient sees 10 specialists and it takes on average 7 years before they receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Yet, this one brain scan can make a correct diagnosis in 95% of cases.
Could this technology be used to scan patients after car or truck accidents to quantify and measure their pain?
In the study that measured fibromyalgia pain, trigger points in the patients were touched to induce pain. Researchers found that when they scanned the patient’s brains, their brains lit up in a pattern that is known to be associated with pain. The brain scan can make visible a patient’s subjective reality. This is incredibly powerful.
Yet, relying on a brain scan alone can be dangerous. Pain is experienced in many different ways and doctors wouldn’t want a patient’s pain to be discounted because it doesn’t appear on a brain scan as expected. At the end of the day, doctors still note that a patient’s self-report is the most important way that doctors diagnose and treat pain.
According to WebMD doctors can also use MRIs, CT scans, myelogram, an EMG, bone scans, and ultrasounds. When patients are seeking personal injury claims, these scans, in addition to their self-reports can be useful to helping their lawyers assess and determine a fair pain and suffering recovery.
If you or a loved one has suffered an accident in Dallas, Texas, consider reaching out to the personal injury lawyers at the Lenahan Law Firm. Our attorneys can review your claims and estimate your pain and suffering damages using formulas and all evidence available. When it comes to receiving the best possible recovery, the lawyer you choose to represent you matters. Visit us at the Lenahan Law Firm today to learn more about your rights and how we can help.
 

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