A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (also called a “TBI”), caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. A “mild brain injury” is like being a “little bit pregnant”. When you are talking about the brain, it is no laughing matter.
Traumatic Brain Injuries can be some of the most over looked injuries when someone is involved in an incident that causes injury. Whether it being from a motorcycle or car accident, a slip and fall accident or other, the damage can be serious. In many cases may not even realize the damage until it’s too late.
What should you do if you suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury after an accident?
People with even a mild concussion need to be seen by a health care professional. If you or someone you know has symptoms following a traumatic event, your health care professional can refer you to a neurologist, neuropsychologist, neurosurgeon or specialist in rehabilitation (such as a speech or vertigo pathologist). Getting help soon after the injury by trained specialists may speed recovery. If your injury was sustained due to someone else’s negligence, it will be important to get in touch with an Attorney who is experienced in handling TBI cases.
Every year, at least 1.7 million TBIs occur, either as an isolated injury or in conjunction with other injuries. TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States. About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.
Remember, a TBI is something that should never be taken lightly. It requires attention.