Four Myths about Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
TBIs are a common injury following a car accident. Motorists can quickly find themselves unable to work and in need of financial assistance. TBIs are serious injuries, but we often hear inaccurate information about them. If you’ve been involved in a wreck, please contact our Indianapolis car accident lawyer for help with your case.
Below, we identify four of the top myths about TBIs. As always, accurate information saves lives.
Myth #1: Traumatic Brain Injuries are Only Caused by Knocks to the Head
Wrong! Admittedly, probably most TBIs are caused by direct blows to the head. If someone was involved in a car accident and slammed their head on the steering wheel, then they could suffer a TBI.
But these injuries can be caused by any sharp movement of the brain. Indeed, researchers at Stanford University have found that many TBIs are caused when deep parts of the brain shake faster than other parts. Blows to the body leading to whiplash can therefore cause concussions. So if you are experiencing TBI symptoms, such as confusion or loss of balance, then you might have suffered a TBI regardless of whether you struck your head on anything.
Myth #2: You Haven’t Suffered a TBI Unless You Lose Consciousness
This simply is not true. Although many people who suffer TBIs are knocked unconscious, you do not have to black out to suffer a TBI.
Analyze your symptoms after an accident. If you experience any of the following, check with a doctor:
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Ringing in your ears
- Slurred speech
- Troubles with memory
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Changes in mood or personality
These could all indicate a traumatic brain injury. When in doubt, it is in your best interests to check with a medical professional
Myth #3: TBIs are Mild Injuries
They actually range from mild to life-threatening. A relatively mild TBI, like a concussion, could leave you impaired for months. This is called post-concussion syndrome, and we have seen people unable to work after suffering a traumatic accident.
A TBI can be very disruptive, on you and your family. Victims deserve fair compensation or their injuries, and we can help you document the losses that flow from your accident.
Myth #4: There’s Nothing that Can Be Done to Treat a TBI
There’s a tiny bit of truth here. You can’t take a pill and suddenly have your brain injury clear up. However, it’s wrong to think nothing can be done. Many people respond positively to cognitive rest, such as not playing video games or looking at their phones.
And recovery can consist of participating in rehabilitation, such as physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy. Many people can manage pain, sleeplessness, or mood disorders with prescription drugs or therapy. However, it is always important to first consult with a doctor before doing so.
Speak with an Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyer Today
At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our Indianapolis car accident attorneys have helped many people just like you get compensation after a car accident. TBIs and other injuries cost our clients thousands of dollars, but we are prepared to negotiate a fair settlement for your claim. Contact us today to get started.