Traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a strike to the head is often dismissed with the temporary connotation behind the term “concussion.” The U.S National Library of Medicine describes the immediate affects of TBI as a bad headache, changes in alertness, and a loss of consciousness. Concussions are often mistakenly overlooked as a passing condition with little effect. We attribute typical daily factors such as lack of sleep, stress, and a busy schedule to the source of headaches or lethargy. These potential sources are credible, but not probable in light of any recent causes for head injury. Although a concussion is medically termed as minor traumatic brain injury, the effects are far from minor.

Concussions after Traumatic Brain Injury Incidents

In a National Public Radio interview, Steven Flanagan, co-director of the Concussion Center at NYU Langone Medical Center explains that it may not even take a hit to the head to have a concussion. He describes the brain as floating among cerebrospinal fluid, but it rests inside a rigid skull. Since the inner surface of our skull is not always smooth, even a situation where your head is sharply thrashed forward or backward can result in traumatic brain injury. This is especially important to realize because a medical diagnostic test for a concussion does not yet exist. It is up to us to self-evaluate and recognize symptoms. In the effort to fend against untreated concussions, we can begin with the following portion of the Virginia Patient and Family checklist for traumatic brain injury symptoms.

Concussions after TBI may cause the following symptoms:

Physical Changes:

  • Blurry Vision
  • Double Vision
  • Dizziness
  • Balance Problems
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Ringing in ears

Cognitive Changes:

  • Attention Problems
  • Slowed mental processing
  • Memory loss
  • Communication Problems
  • Impulse Decisions

Evolving Symptoms

Even individuals who are asymptomatic after TBI may experience the emergence of effects after a medical examination. Occasionally, unnoticed symptoms arise and, when attributed to another source, develop into long-lasting TBI symptoms that influence our capability to perform even small daily tasks. Mixing up speech, or anomia, is often developed after TBIs, and could be a long-lasting issue. Mistakes such as saying “let’s take a talk” in place of “let’s take a walk” are frustrating for individuals because their freedom of expression is debilitated at the basic level. Concussion expert, Flanagan, expressed his lack of surprise for a study that revealed the potential of long-lasting brain damage due to medical studies revealing brain shrinkage after TBIs.

Steps Toward Health

Traumatic brain injury is serious, and our Virginia government has taken necessary measures to ensure that both working environments and sports teams realize the implications of concussions. A 2010 government policy required public school sports teams to issue concussion information to parents and students. As a society, we realize that living with unforeseen consequences of TBI hinders our ability to thrive. Being educated about concussions and traumatic brain injury is a basic preventative measure that we must take. Remember that, when reported, any injury resulting in the aforementioned symptoms must be taken seriously by our bosses, coaches, doctors, and leaders. Richard Serpe understands the implications of TBI, and he believes in being an advocate for those of us who have to face those implications in our daily lives.

How A Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help You

If you’ve sustained a brain injury because of an accident that was caused by someone else, you may want to contact a brain injury lawyer. While we cannot change what has happened to you, we can help you to obtain compensation for the proper medical care you deserve now and may need in the future. Contact our office to discuss your situation with an experienced Virginia brain injury lawyer. You can setup a free consultation by calling 877-544-5323 or by clicking here to e-mail us