Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, have been regular topics in the news, sports, and entertainment. Even with the public awareness of these injuries, many people do not have a clear understanding of what constitutes a traumatic brain injury.
Here are 4 myths about minor traumatic brain injuries:
Myth 1: You did not suffer a traumatic brain injury if you did not lose consciousness.
Traumatic brain injuries can occur after a head injury even if the person never lost consciousness. Someone who loses consciousness after a head injury is more likely to have suffered a traumatic brain injury. However, a person who does not lose consciousness may suffer serious and life-altering consequences of traumatic brain injury.
Myth 2: Traumatic brain injuries always result in a decrease in intellect.
Many different symptoms can occur with a traumatic brain injury. A decrease in intellectual ability is only one of them. The symptoms of a TBI depend on what part of the brain was injured. Someone who has suffered a TBI can maintain his or her I.Q., but have struggles with work or school due to symptoms such as chronic headaches, dizziness, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, depression, or short term memory loss.
Myth 3: Traumatic brain injuries only occur when something strikes the head.
A TBI can occur when the brain suddenly moves within the skull due to rotational forces or sudden motion. For example, when a car suddenly stops in a motor vehicle accident, this causes the brain to move forward or backwards in the skull. The brain can be injured that way even if the skull itself never strikes the steering wheel or another object. This type of force can cause a concussion or other severe types of TBIs.
Myth 4: If a concussion doesn’t resolve relatively quickly, the person claiming a brain injury is faking.
The majority of concussions resolve within a matter of weeks or months, but everyone is different. Statistics show that some victims will suffer brain injury symptoms for years or even the rest of their lives. If a concussion does not resolve itself, it does not mean it’s not real.
If a Traumatic Brain Injury results from the negligence of another person, the TBI victim may be entitled to compensation for the injury and the resulting disability. CLG Injury Law has been representing clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries for over 25 years. You can also learn more about TBI by downloading our eBook or byContacting Us at 1-800-606-2529.