A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when there is sudden trauma to the brain that causes damage or dysfunction. Typically, a TBI happens due to a blow, jolt, or bump to the head or from an injury that penetrates the brain such as a gunshot wound. TBIs are categorized as mild (concussion), moderate, or severe.
There are many myths and misconceptions about what happens to patients with a TBI and their symptoms. Our Florida brain injury lawyer debunks these common myths and explains the facts, so you can be informed in the event that you suffer this type of injury.
Eight Myths About Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2020, there were more than 64,000 TBI-related deaths in America. Additionally, patients who survive a TBI can suffer after-effects for days and sometimes for their entire lives.
There are many misconceptions about TBIs. Some of these misconceptions were thought to be true in the past and science and research have since progressed to disprove them. Our attorneys discuss some of the most common myths:
Myth #1: A TBI always involves a loss of consciousness.
Truth: With mild TBIs, the person may remain conscious and experience symptoms such as confusion or disorientation.
Myth #2: A concussion is not considered a serious brain injury.
: A concussion can sometimes be very serious
. It is a form of a mild TBI and requires medical care and should never be ignored. Any type of brain injury can be serious and lead to life-long complications if not treated properly.
Myth #3: If a person suffers a concussion, they should not fall asleep for the first 24 hours after the injury.
Truth: Brain injuries such as concussions require rest to heal the brain. It is not necessary to keep the person awake for the first 24 hours following a concussion.
Myth #4: A TBI is always the result of hitting your head.
Truth: A TBI can occur due to an outside force or blow from an object. It can happen if your head is thrown forward and then backward due to acceleration and deceleration in a car crash.
Myth #5: A TBI can be seen immediately.
Truth: The signs of a TBI are not always seen immediately. The person who suffered the head injury may be able to walk and remain fully conscious.
Myth #6: An imaging test such as a CT scan or an MRI can detect all types of brain injuries.
Truth: While these types of tests can detect brain bleeds or a fractured skull, they may not show every type of injury such as a concussion.
Myth #7: There are no lasting complications from mild brain injuries.
Truth: A TBI affects each patient differently. Some people may be fine and experience no complications while others may develop complications that can last for months, years, or for the rest of their lives.
Myth #8: You do not need a lawyer if you suffer a TBI.
Truth: Obtaining legal representation by a brain injury lawyer can provide many benefits. An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, gather evidence to support your claim, and fight to get you the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Florida Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in Florida, contact Browning Law Firm as soon as possible for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you navigate the legal process and will work to get you fair compensation. There are never any legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule an appointment, fill out our online contact form, or call us at 850-344-1736.