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Myths about Traumatic Brain Injuries and Your Case

Posted on June 16, 2017 to

Experienced Injury Lawyers Fighting for TBI Victims in Maryland, DC and Virginia

The term “traumatic brain injury” has been around for quite some time, but these categories of injuries are referred to by other names. Therefore, there is a deep misunderstanding about how TBI injury claims work and various myths and arguments against the legitimacy of TBIs.

If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, it is imperative that you understand these myths and hear the truth once and for all.

10 Wildly Untrue or Inaccurate Myths Regarding TBIs

  1. A mild traumatic brain injury is not disabling. A mild TBI, such as a concussion, is severe. Any damage to the head is traumatic, and the term “mild” does not mean “minor.” A mild TBI can result in cognitive issues and bleeding.
  2. A mild TBI is not a permanent injury. Mild TBIs might be permanent for some patients because their brain tissue might never recover from the trauma. Furthermore, they could have long-lasting injuries and symptoms, such as chronic migraines.
  3. A child recovers quickly from a traumatic brain injury. While children can recover faster than adults, a brain injury is a brain injury. A child with even a mild TBI could develop issues later, have difficulties learning, or be unable to develop.
  4. All injuries have the same neurological deficits. This is categorically untrue. Cognitive impairments and deficits vary by person, the location of the injury, age, sex, and the overall psycho-social background of the patient.
  5. Neurological testing is subjective and easily faked. Neurological testing is highly complex and involves multiple tests all designed to monitor and accurately measure brain function. These are not subjective, and years of clinical testing backs them. Also, the American Academy of Neurology has a committee that validates such tests and ensures the medical community uses proper testing methods.
  6. A TBI is diagnosed and recognized instantly. Unfortunately, this is untrue. Many TBIs go days, weeks, and sometimes months undiagnosed. A delay in recognizing symptoms of brain trauma are common because chemical changes in the brain take time and may not exhibit symptoms for a few days. Furthermore, symptoms like blurred vision, dizziness or headaches may be contributed to other injuries in the accident.
  7. Only an MRI or CT scan shows that a TBI has happened. Not true. Most mild TBIs do not show on an MRI or CT scan but exist.
  8. A TBI only occurs when struck in the head. TBIs occur several ways. While being struck directly in the head is one way, a person does not have to be hit in the head at all to suffer a TBI. A violent whipping back and forth is enough to force the brain to shake and strike the skull, which can lead to severe damage.
  9. A TBI requires that the person loses consciousness. A person may or may not lose consciousness, but that does not automatically indicate if they have a TBI or not.
  10. Only a severe TBI results in a personal injury claim. Mild TBIs have been involved in personal injury claims because even minor TBIs create long-term effects and can leave a victim with thousands in damages.

Did You Suffer a TBI? Speak with a Personal Injury Advocate Today

If you have suffered from a TBI, you have options. Contact the attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP for a free case evaluation. We have helped countless victims receive compensation for their lost wages, medical costs, property damage, and pain and suffering. Call us at an office location near you or request to speak with an attorney online.