Handling a Head Injury: How Traumatic Brain Injury Affects Personal Injury Claims
“Concussion” is a common diagnosis for a head injury. Many people are familiar with the term “concussion” and what it means.
But what is a “traumatic brain injury?” A traumatic brain injury, or “TBI,” results from damage to the brain, often caused by impact. A TBI may be mild, moderate, or severe.
A mild TBI is generally diagnosed by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness (30 minutes or less)
- Memory loss (24 hours or less)
- Altered mental state (dazed, confused)
- Focal neurological deficits
Any one of the four symptoms listed above may indicate that you have suffered a mild TBI.
You may suffer from a moderate TBI or a severe TBI depending on how you were injured and the severity of symptoms you are experiencing.
The important thing to know about traumatic brain injury is that the symptoms are often missed by emergency medical professionals. Most of these symptoms cannot be identified on a CT scan or an MRI. Results of these tests would be normal. In turn, traumatic brain injury may go undiagnosed.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car crashes are the most common cause of TBI, which result in 275,000 hospitalizations and 52,000 deaths each year. It is important to know the symptoms so you can recognize them should you be in a car crash.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.