Seeing the words traumatic brain injury (TBI) can strike fear into anyone, even to those who don’t fully understand what the injury entails.
TBIs contribute to the death of about 56,000 people annually. The startling figure shows the severity of TBIs, which then raises the question, “Does every head injury result in a TBI?” You may assume that people who work in construction or play sports are the only ones at high risk of sustaining a TBI, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In actuality, the injury spares no one, and it can be the result of any type of accident from a car collision to a slippery floor.
If you have recently experienced an accident that resulted in a head injury, you may be concerned about the seriousness of it or the long-term effects. Our personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have dealt with numerous brain damage cases, and we’re here to help you develop a better understanding of TBIs.
Are Concussions TBIs?
TBIs are typically the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. However, not all blows or jolts result in a TBI.
Mild TBIs are frequently called concussions, but their symptoms and long-term effects are much different than those of severe TBIs. Concussions are generally not life-threatening; however, it’s important to obtain medical treatment for all brain injuries, no matter the severity. Putting in the extra care to monitor symptoms can save your life.
With TBIs and concussions, it can be challenging to assess the severity of the injury just by looking at a victim. With some concussions, there are visible signs of injury to the head, but many of the side effects are underlying, including the following:
Changes in vision
Loss of consciousness
Although not every head injury results in a TBI, it’s crucial for everyone who has sustained one to seek medical attention and to receive the appropriate treatment.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in an accident, Meyerkord & Kurth is ready to help. Contact us today at (800) 391-4318 to speak with our team.