When you’ve just received confirmation that your loved one is in a coma after a serious Maryland truck crash, it can be hard to concentrate on anything the doctor says beyond that. However, you should know that there are varying degrees of a comatose state and that a coma can be treated.

The doctor may refer to the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) to identify the seriousness of the brain damage that caused your loved one to fall into a coma. This scale scores the patient based on eye movement, and verbal and motor skills as seen below:


1 point — closed eyes

2 points — eyes open in response to pain

3 points — eyes open in response to voice

4 points — eyes open spontaneously


1 point — no sound

2 points — incomprehensible muttering

3 points — inappropriate words

4 points — confused speech

5 points — normal speech

Motor (Physical Reflexes)

1 point — no movement

2 points — straightens in response to pain

3 points — moves abnormally in response to pain

4 points — withdraws in response to pain

5 points — can pinpoint where pain is

6 points — moves in response to commands

A patient who has a combined score of eight or less is considered to be in a comatose state. That does not necessarily mean that your family member is void of any response. Indeed, a brain scan may show significant activity, a good sign that your loved one will recover.

The road to recovery may be long, expensive, and painful, but you don’t have to face it alone. To see how a Maryland truck accident lawyer can help you get compensation from the responsible party for your loved one’s medical costs and pain and suffering, contact Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700.

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