Brain injuries are classified mild, moderate, or severe. The leading causes are vehicle-related collisions, falls, sports injuries, and assaults. Of these brain injuries, 70-90% are considered “mild”. It is important to realize, however, that there is nothing “mild” about a traumatic brain injury.
A brain injury, of any classification, must be taken very seriously. The brain is complex; any injury that causes a disruption of its normal functioning is a traumatic injury.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize that a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Because of this, mTBIs are often not fully recognized or properly prioritized.
An mTBI affects each person differently. The extent and combination of effects will vary depending on the areas of the brain involved and the individual person.
Symptoms experienced by brain injury victims may include, but are not limited to:
- Physical: headaches, ringing in the ear, dizziness, insomnia, fatigue, trouble with senses
- Cognitive: problems with attention, concentration, memory, information processing, reasoning, planning
- Emotional: irritability, depression, anxiety, mood swings
These symptoms can last from a few hours to years. Concussions and mTBIs should not be dismissed, as their effects can be far-reaching. Instead, if you have been in an accident and are experiencing these symptoms, you should seek treatment for a brain injury.
Over the next few months, we will be releasing a series of videos dealing with this important topic.
Check back with us to learn about the following mTBI topics:
- Why are Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Often Missed?
- Accessing Funding after Suffering an mTBI in a Motor Vehicle Accident
- Finding the Right Team for Your Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
- Coping with the Emotional and Psychological Impact of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
>> Roger R. Foisy is a knowledgeable Personal Injury Lawyer in Ontario with experience helping clients who have sustained brain injuries. If you have suffered a brain injury, do not hesitate to contact us today for immediate support and a free consultation.
A Silent Epidemic: Minor Traumatic Brain Injury – Science Daily
Life Changes: Living with a Loved One Suffering from an mTBI
What You Need to Know About Sports-related Injuries: Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions
*Roger R. Foisy has completed courses in Neurorehabilitation and Advanced Brain Injury Rehabilitation from Brock University. However, he is not a medical professional. The advice in this blog is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.