Head trauma and brain injuries are surrounded by a wealth of myths and, unfortunately, many people may not know as much as they should about this potentially serious injury. Let us shed some clarity on this topic and debunk some of these untruths.
A commonly held belief is that younger individuals have an easier time recovering from a head injury, thinking that somehow youth is equivalent to strength. You are actually more vulnerable when young, however, since a young brain may not be fully developed and will thus have a difficult time developing in the future due to the damage inflicted on it.
It is also often thought that traumatic brain injuries are not that common and mostly afflict football players or veterans. Head trauma is actually quite widespread and usually occurs as a result of a fall or automobile accident. According to the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital, over 1.7 million people experience brain injuries every year, making it an undeniably major health problem.
Among the varying kinds of head trauma that exist, concussions are the most common. What you may not know is that you do not have to black out in order to have a concussion, nor do you need to exhibit lasting symptoms. A concussion can actually occur any time an individual receives a blow to the head that causes symptoms to show, either for a short amount of time or a prolonged period – length of time in symptoms only help in determining the severity of the concussion. Some of these symptoms include trouble sleeping, seeing stars, difficulty concentrating, balance problems, and difficulty with memory.
Although most people are able to fully recover from a concussion, people often think it means that this type of head trauma is inherently mild with no lasting damage. Unfortunately, complications may occur if an individual suffering from a concussion does not seek treatment or if they continue to engage in the activity that lead to the concussion – something often seen in athletes of all levels.
Vanguard Attorneys are experts in this area and have the compassion and skill to represent you or your loved one if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone’s actions, whether it was intentional or accidental. Call us at 813-737-7361 for a free consultation.