Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth: Is a concussion the same as a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) ?
This is a common question. Most people believe that a concussion isn’t as serious and symptoms will come and go quickly; whereas a mild traumatic brain injury is more severe and lasts longer. The truth is they are known as the same in that a concussion and a mild traumatic brain injury have same symptoms and can last a couple of days but may also extend and last a couple of years. Most people recover from a concussion within a relatively short period of time; typically it ranges from a week to 3 months. Concussions can also happen to anyone old or young and can result from all sorts of different activities including sports, falls, blows to the head etc..
We don’t know everything about concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries but we do know that the brain is made up of soft tissue and is surrounded by spinal fluid. The brain is protected (to some extent) by the skull. Inside the skull, the brain moves about , sometimes hitting the skull. When the brain hits the inside of the skull it can become bruised, and may result in broken blood vessels, which results in injured nerves and may lead to a concussion.
There are many ways to grade or describe concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries. The severity of a concussion is determined by how long signs and symptoms last and so can only be known after someone has recovered. The longer the symptoms of changes in brain function, the more severe the concussion.
What causes the most confusion is the word “mild”. A mild traumatic brain injury can be anything but that. Up to 20% of people who suffer from a concussion suffer symptoms beyond the 3 month mark. Everyone reacts differently to a concussion or MTBI ; however some common symptoms include:
- post-traumatic headache
- difficulty sleeping
- problems with balance
- cognitive impairments
- extreme fatigue
Often times, people with a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury seem perfectly fine ; however they are severely suffering on the inside and are unable to participate in everyday activities. Often times people with a concussion or mTBI are unable to work, be social or participate in many day-to-day activities they once loved doing.
When it comes to children and concussions , it gets even trickier, as children often are not in tune with their symptoms and may not be communicating their symptoms. A child with an undiagnosed concussion can be at serious risk for brain damage or a disability. If a child sustains a head injury, it must be taken seriously. In sports in particular, a doctor needs to examine the child and decide when it would be best to have the child return to sports. Regardless of whether or not the child lost consciousness or not, it’s vital that parents, caregivers and coaches are on high alert and watching for symptoms. Head injuries take time to heal..Don’t rush it.
When it comes to concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries, we must be extra vigilant. As an Ottawa injury lawyer, I meet regularly with people whose lives have been turned upside down due to a head injury. For some , life may never be the same again. For more information on head injuries, concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries , visit www.ottawainjury.ca/brain-injuries.
Ottawa Catastrophic Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth-
Living with a brain injury can have a multitude of complex and potentially lifelong consequences for accident victims and their families. Especially in cases of closed-head trauma, physical and psychological testing is usually required, and it typically can take months until the extent of the cognitive brain or head injury is realised and understood to its full extent.
When an accident victim suffers a brain injury or a head injury, the impact may affect the following:
• Memory and cognitive ability
• Vision, hearing, and speech
• Balance and motor skills
• Personality and behavior
Helping people through catastrophic injuries, one day at a time…
As a result of his experiences with other accident victims who have suffered a serious brain injury, when Ottawa Catastrophic Injury lawyer David Hollingsworth meets with his clients , he has a compassionate understanding and knowledge that a brain injury affects every detail of their lives and that no two cases are the same. Receiving a proper diagnosis and projections of both the immediate and long-term costs are extremely important. David believes it is his goal and responsibility to ensure that the care and maximum financial compensation necessary is readily available to all his clients for the difficult years to come.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury or a loved one is suffering due to a serious personal injury as the result of an eastern Ontario accident, you may need an experienced Ontario catastrophic injury lawyer. Your life and the life of a loved one has changed and will be changed forever. It’s our job to help you rebuild that life and get you all the support, help and compensation you need.
Our injury lawyers understand that you may not be ready to commence a lawsuit. You may be at a stage where you need more time and more information. We get that and that’s what we are here for.