Any injury to the brain can be a serious cause for concern. Your brain is vital to the functioning of your body and any injury to the brain should be handled carefully. However, when you experience a brain injury it can be tough to understand the terminology that a medical professional may use to rate and diagnosis a brain injury.
This article will help you understand how brain injuries are rated and how a medical professional will use diagnostic codes to understand a brain injury.
What are ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes?
ICD-10, which stands for international classification of diseases, is found on patient paperwork, charts, bills, and treatment summaries. At a glance, it may be difficult for laymen to understand these codes and numbers. These codes were made to be understood by doctors and nurses who will deliver treatment to an individual based on these codes. With a quick introduction, you’ll find these codes easier to understand and reference the next time you look at a patient’s chart.
These codes were created by the World Health Organization (WHO) to standardize the classification of illnesses and diseases. These ICD codes make it easier to gather and analyze health statistics and help to standardize treatments internationally. They are also used by insurance agencies to identify which parts of treatment may be covered by your insurance policy. These codes are updated annually to ensure that they remain up to date, and ICD-10 is a fairly recent major overhaul of the ICD classification system.
There are resources online that can help you understand any other non-brain injury ICD-10 codes that you may be curious about. Read on to comprehensively understand the ICD-10 codes for traumatic brain injuries.
List of ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes for Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when the brain is shaken, jostled, or struck when an object hits the head or your head hits an object.
Breaking Down the ICD-10 Codes
The ICD-10 codes are categorized alphabetically. TBI’s fall under the jurisdiction of the letter S. After that, the following numbers describe specific kinds of cranial or brain injuries. As the number becomes more complex, the more specific injury is being described by the code.
Be aware, it may be difficult to identify the exact kind of brain injury that a victim has, especially if the TBI is internal. A very general diagnosis of the injury may be given before it’s revised to be more specific after further tests, x-rays, or CAT scans are done.
List of Common ICD-10 Diagnosis Code for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Looking at a list of common ICD-10 diagnosis codes for traumatic brain injuries can make them familiar when you see them on a patient chart or bill. Here are a few well-known ICD-10 codes that you may see.
S02.0, S02.1: These codes deal with simple or general skull fractures.
S02.8, S02.91: The first code deals with the fracture of a specific skull or facial bone(s). The second code compounds the first with the previous codes and references both specific and general bone fractures.
S04.02, S04.03, S04.04: These three codes deal with skull injuries that affect your vision or optical nerves. The first deals with optical chiasm injury (eye socket). The second deals with injuries that affect the optical nerve paths. The third deals with general visual cortex injuries.
S06: Intracranial injuries fall under code S06.
S07.1: If a person has a crushed skull, or another crushing injury, it will fall under this code.
These are used for easily identifiable cranial damages, but other common ICD-10 codes dealing with brain injuries, that aren’t necessarily classified as TBI but involve brain injuries, include:
T74.4: This code covers shaken baby syndrome.
S09.90: This code covers other unspecified injuries to the head.
While these are some common codes to become familiar with, some more specified codes may show up on your paperwork. If you believe that your treatment seems strange, or you’d like to better understand your diagnosis, do some research on the ICD-10 codes you’re listed under. This can help you better understand your or your loved one’s injury or help you get the compensation you deserve for improper medical treatments.
Getting Help for Your Traumatic Brain Injury
Hopefully, this guide has helped you better understand the ICD codes associated with TBIs. A traumatic brain injury is often life-changing, if not fatal. A person can experience memory loss, loss of motor functions, and drastic personality shifts that may make it impossible for them to continue living their life as they had been.
If you’ve experienced a catastrophic injury like a traumatic brain injury at the fault of another negligent or insidious party, you may be entitled to compensation. By finding the nearest office in your area, and contacting lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, you’ll find experienced Pennsylvanian lawyers ready to help. Fill out a contact form or call directly at 1-800-590-4116.