Five Facts 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. Despite the continued research, brain injuries remain frequently misunderstood. Here are a few brain injury facts that many people don't know.

1. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury.

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Helping You Recover From A TBI

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. And we realize that the people in your life may not understand the ways in which you are suffering because you still appear to be "normal."

If you've suffered a TBI in an accident, please contact us to learn how we can help. Call us in Superior, Wisconsin, at 715-718-3621 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers.