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5 incorrect notions about brain injuries

5 Myths about TBI

The brain is the most mysterious organ. This may contribute to the wrong conceptions many of us have about injuries to the brain.

We have compiled a handful of these misconceptions for you to check against your own thinking:

1. Brain injuries require significant violence.

Not true. Traumatic brain injuries tend to occur when the brain is "shook up" by a bump, collision or blow. We are talking about a low level of violence. A simple fall is often enough to trigger serious damage.

2. You can only sustain TBI if you pass out.

Not true. While brain injuries may cause you to lose consciousness, there are many cases in which the "shake up" happens inside your head, and you go on doing what you were doing. The real extent of the injury appears later.

3. If your injury is described as mild, you'll be OK.

Not true. Mild TBI often leads victims to suppose they will be okay. But brain injuries can continue to manifest over time - things like emotional dysregulation, mental confusion, the inability carry on relationships and problems on the job. It is tragic when these things are blamed on the individual and not on the negligence that led to the injury.

4. An MRI will catch any damage.

Not true. It would be great if diagnostics like MRIs and CT-scans were that reliable. Experience tells us, however, that for every injury that shows up in imaging, others are not visible to the eye and can lead to serious consequences down the road.

5. Brain injuries are immediately apparent.

Not true. To the contrary, it usually takes time for the full extent of injuries to become apparent.

There are so many misconceptions about brain injuries that one should be wary of jumping to any sort of conclusion. Brain injuries are subtle and often paradoxical. It is always best to work with a doctor who understands these subtleties, and a lawyer who knows how to obtain rightful compensation for your loss.

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