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What’s the Difference Between a Concussion and a TBI?

Traumatic Brain Injury Facts

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury as a disruption in the brain's normal function that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or penetrating injury. Although concussions are typically not considered life-threatening, they are still categorized as traumatic brain injury. Here are the facts you need to know.

How a Concussion Affects the Brain

Medical professionals typically consider a concussion as a "mild" brain injury. However, without prompt medical attention, a concussion can lead to more severe problems. In some cases, symptoms of a concussion may be delayed and not show up for days or weeks after the head injury has occurred. The warning signs of a concussion can be subtle, making a diagnosis easy to overlook.

If you've sustained a head injury, whether you feel fine or not, it's critical to ensure you seek medical attention immediately to rule out a concussion or more serious traumatic brain injury. It's also crucial to be monitored the days and weeks following your accident.

Top Causes of TBIs

The latest data (2014) from the CDC reports the following statistics relating to the top causes of TBIs.

  • Falls are the top cause of TBIs and accounted for almost half of all TBI-related emergency room visits. Falls also accounted for 52% of TBI-related hospitalizations.
  • Being struck by or against an object is the second leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits. It also accounted for 17% of all TBI emergency room visits in the U.S.
  • Motor vehicle accidents accounted for 20% of TBI-related hospitalizations, coming in second behind falls.

Warning Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Whether a concussion or more severe brain injury, some symptoms may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Thinking difficulties
  • Headaches
  • Blurred
  • Dizziness
  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Changes in mood (irritability, sadness, nervousness)
  • Sleeping more or less than usual

No matter how mild or severe your symptoms are, they should be taken seriously and be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible.

Sustained a TBI? We Are Here For You.

If you've sustained a traumatic brain injury after being involved in an accident that wasn't your fault, our personal injury attorneys are here for you. We have helped countless clients seek justice after being injured in an accident and helped them recover the compensation they deserve.

You shouldn't have to pay for someone else's negligence out of your own pocket. Let our team take the matter out of your hands so you can focus on healing from your injury.

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