If someone sustains a minor injury that may be associated with a bigger problem, are they entirely different? Would this make a concussion different than a traumatic brain injury?
Many individuals who sustain concussions are not entirely sure of whether or not they have actually suffered a TBI. However, there are some very important things to note regarding any injury to the head and how it is labeled. The most important thing is to get medical help to properly diagnose whatever condition you may have.
The Simple Answer
In the simplest answer, yes, a concussion is the same as a traumatic brain injury. However, concussions are only one form of traumatic brain injury and are most often considered to be the mildest as they don’t have the same symptoms as something that would be considered more severe.
Concussions are often caused by a jolting of the brain, or sudden movement, such as when a football player is hit with the crown of the helmet and it forces a fast jerk of the head in one direction. Similarly, some situations of whiplash can damage the brain to the point of causing a concussion.
One thing to note, however, is that traumatic brain injuries vary in severity and a concussion is typically just the mildest form. Other traumatic brain injuries can occur that often result in loss of consciousness for an extended period of time.
Concussions, no matter how minor, should be taken seriously and considered a problem that requires some medical attention and monitoring. Multiple concussions can lead to even further issues that can cause behavioral changes and other cognitive issues.
These are serious injuries and if negligence is the cause, the liable party should be held accountable. Our Springfield brain injury lawyers at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. know how difficult a time this is for you and you deserve to move forward in the most effective manner possible.