Misconceptions about Traumatic Brain Injuries




It used to be called “getting your bell rung” or “seeing stars.” Now we know that those are symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. According to the Mayo Clinic, concussions are caused by a blow to the head or by violent shaking of the head and upper body, and symptoms can include “headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.”

While concussions are commonly associated with athletes, especially professional football, NFL players aren’t the only people dealing with the effects of traumatic brain injuries. We all run the risk of suffering a concussion. Auto accidents are one of the most common causes of TBIs, and most of us drive daily. While most people get better, many people suffer long-term, even permanent, effects.

Despite the continued research, brain injuries remain misunderstood. Here are a few brain injury facts that some people don’t know.

Frequently Misunderstood Traumatic Brain Injury issues

  • A concussion IS a traumatic brain injury

If you have been diagnosed with a concussion, you have suffered a traumatic brain injury. 

  • You don’t need to hit your head to suffer a TBI

While TBIs are often the result of contact with the head, they aren’t only caused by direct blows. The violent back-and-forth that often occurs in a collision between vehicles can cause a brain injury, even if the head never strikes something inside the vehicle.

  • You don’t need to lose consciousness to suffer a TBI

Many people who suffer a TBI either never lose consciousness or only briefly lose consciousness.                                  

  • A “mild” traumatic brain injury can have major consequences

Most people recover from concussions. However, for some people, the effects of the brain injury can linger. Some people develop chronic headaches. Some people have problems with problem solving, decision making, or memory. Sometimes, those problems are severe enough to make formerly simple and routine tasks far more difficult. 

  • The dramatic effects of a TBI are often hidden

The damage caused by concussions is often invisible, even to standard medical technology like MRIs and CT scans. Further, when people see an individual when post-concussive syndrome, they may not notice important changes at first blush. However, just because the symptoms are invisible does not mean they aren’t there.

We Can Help    

At Hannula Halom & Scherz, we have experience litigating claims involving traumatic brain injuries. We understand the effect they can have on your life, your family, and your job. We know that the people in your life may not understand the ways in which you are suffering because those with TBIs often look “normal.”
If you’ve suffered a TBI in an accident, you need Wisconsin brain injury attorneys who understand the complexities of your brain injury. We know how to prove your claims. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, please contact us to learn how we can help.

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