March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, and our legal team at Shrager,
Spivey & Sachs wanted to provide some helpful information that can
aid victims and families following unexpected brain injuries. Having served
Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania since 1978, our personal injury
attorneys have worked with many victims who suffered brain injuries in
all types of accidents, including car accidents. We know that having the
right information is critical to getting the right help and to knowing
what to expect.
Traumatic brain injuries are unique in that there is still a great deal
to be learned about how they impact the lives of victims and how they
can be effectively treated. While medical science is continually exploring
the mysteries of the brain in order to find ways to prevent, treat, and
understand brain injuries, victims who experience TBI still struggle with
what can be profound symptoms and effects. This is why it is important
for anyone who has suffered a brain injury, or anyone with a loved one
who has, to have the facts that can help them seek appropriate treatment
To help you better understand the basics of concussions, the most common
form of brain injuries, our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers have
put together the following information:
How they happen – Concussions occur when there is an external blow to the head,
or when the brain accelerates and decelerates rapidly enough to cause
the brain to move within the skull. This means that a person can suffer
a concussion even if there is no external force applied to the head. For
example, whiplash injuries at high speeds can cause a concussion. Typically,
victims experience concussions when they hit their heads in auto accidents,
during falls, and while playing sports, among other ways. A person who
suffers a concussion may or may not lose consciousness.
Mild TBI – Concussions are also known as “mild traumatic brain injuries,”
but there is nothing mild about them. The term mild is used to describe
the severity of the blow or incident that caused the injury, not the symptoms,
and to differentiate them from severe TBI, which result in loss of consciousness
for a longer period of time.
Diagnosis – It can be difficult to diagnose concussions based on symptoms
alone, but they do aid doctors in understanding how a blow to the head
may be affecting a victim. Additionally, doctors will often use various
imaging tests and tools such as MRIs to identify any major trauma or bleeding,
changes in the brain, and effects of an injury.
Symptoms – Concussions can disrupt brain function, which can lead to a number
of symptoms. These commonly include headaches, dizziness or nausea, sensitivity
to light and noise, changes in mood, anxiety or depression, and more.
Symptoms can vary from person to person.
Recovery – Concussions are notable for affecting everyone differently, which
means recovery times will vary. Generally, victims experience concussion
symptoms in the initial days following an accident and may still experience
them over a period of weeks of a few months. While many people see their
symptoms dissipate after a few months, others may continue to feel the
effects of post-concussion syndrome well over 6 months or even longer.
Aside from recommending rest, doctors may treat concussions in ways that
help manage symptoms, including medication for headaches and migraines
or psychotherapy for any psychological effects an injury may have had.
Shrager, Spivey & Sachs is available to help victims of brain injuries
learn more about their rights and whether they may have a valid case for
compensation following a preventable accident. Our firm has recovered
millions of dollars in compensation for the injured, and we are prepared
to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. To discuss your case
personally with a member of our team,
contact us today.