A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious injury that should be evaluated and monitored closely after it happens. The study of brain injuries is always evolving, and researchers have made significant advances in the last few decades to help expedite diagnosis and treatment. Still, myths about concussions and brain injuries persist across the internet and among the general public. Here, we will dispel some of these misconceptions and share TBI facts that may help TBI victims get the assistance they need.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury, contact an attorney at our office today to schedule a free consultation. We can review the details of your case and determine if you have a claim.
Myth: You Do Not Need Medical Treatment for a Concussion
Some people believe a concussion is not a traumatic brain injury. However, a concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can vary in severity. Multiple concussions can be especially worrisome because they might result in post-concussive syndrome. Many athletes in sports like hockey and football suffer several concussions over their careers. Researchers have realized that even non-contact sports like soccer carry a high risk for concussions. The truth about concussions may deter parents from letting their children play these sports.
If you suffer a concussion, you should seek medical treatment like you would for any other brain injury. A doctor will evaluate your symptoms and determine what steps you should take for recovery.
Myth: Symptoms of a Brain Injury Appear Immediately
In some cases, symptoms of a brain injury will not appear until several hours pass. Common symptoms of a brain injury include:
- Slurred speech,
- Loss of consciousness,
- Severe headache,
- Behavioral changes,
- Sudden drowsiness,
- Pupil dilation, or
You should see a physician anytime you suffer a head injury, even if you do not experience symptoms right away.
Myth: Brain Injuries Always Caused Disabilities or Death
Not all brain injuries lead to disabilities or death. For example, people suffer concussions every day and do not suffer from lifelong disabilities or die from the injury. In cases of mild and moderate head injuries, the symptoms will typically subside within 24 to 48 hours.
Myth: You Should Wait Until Experiencing Symptoms to Seek Medical Attention
As stated earlier, some brain injuries do not display symptoms immediately. Still, you should always consult a medical professional after a head injury. Treatment for brain damage should begin as soon as possible to ensure the harm is kept to a minimum. A brain injury can happen in the following scenarios:
- Gunshot wounds,
- Automobile accidents,
- Pedestrian accidents,
- Slip-and-fall accidents,
- Physical assaults, and
- Sports and recreational activities.
If you suffer a brain injury in one of these activities, contact our office today to discuss your claim. Our team offers free consultations, so do not hesitate to reach out to us about your brain injury case.
Myth: Your Life Will Return to Normal Right After a Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury can lead to unexpected changes and adjustments throughout every aspect of your life. Depending on the side effects of your injury, you may be unable to keep your job. A brain injury settlement can compensate you for the wages you miss due to your injury.
If your brain injury affects your ability to walk, you may need to modify your home to accommodate a mobility assistance device. Alternatively, memory loss from a brain injury may impact your ability to enjoy hobbies like reading or writing.
While these changes are frustrating to someone recovering from a brain injury, remember that the healing process takes time. Your physician will put you on the most efficient path to recovery. If you have questions about navigating adjustments to your life caused by the brain injury, contact an attorney at GJEL today.
Myth: A CT Scan or MRI Can Detect Any Brain Injury
Minor brain damage may not appear on a CT scan or MRI. Physicians often use CT scans after a head injury to diagnose acute brain damage that requires immediate attention. CT scans can detect things like brain bleeds and swelling. MRIs can evaluate brain injuries more closely and detect smaller indications of brain damage. While CT scans provide limited information and only detect moderate to severe injuries, MRI technology can identify specific areas of brain damage, ascertain the severity of the injury, and guide a neurologist on surgical options. Still, an MRI cannot detect every brain injury.
Myth: Rehabilitation Does Not Really Help Those with a Brain Injury
Rehabilitation can greatly improve the long-term impacts of a brain injury. The effects of a traumatic brain injury can result in the decline of your cognitive, physical, and psychological functioning. In fact, about 50% of brain injury sufferers experienced deteriorating symptoms or passed away within five years of their injury. Rehabilitation programs can help you strengthen and maintain your mental, emotional, and physical abilities. Types of rehab that can help your brain injury include:
- Occupational therapy,
- Group therapy sessions,
- Speech therapy,
- Physical therapy,
- Language therapy, and
- Psychological treatment.
Different forms of rehabilitation can address the specific effects of your brain injury. Speech therapy can help brain injury victims whose injury affects their ability to talk. Occupational therapy helps a brain injury survivor regain skills to function independently.
Contact a GJEL Brain Injury Lawyer Today to Discuss More TBI Facts
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury, our attorneys at GJEL are ready to help you. A brain injury attorney can assist your case by:
- Calculating your losses incurred from the brain injury,
- Answering your questions about a brain injury lawsuit, and
- Negotiating with the opposing party’s attorney on your behalf.
Our attorneys go above and beyond for our clients, helping them coordinate their legal claims and care. We will dedicate our efforts to securing a favorable settlement offer while you focus on recovering from your injury. Contact our office at 866-249-2142 or online to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.
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