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 when necessary.
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 & 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.