Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of injury death in the United States. Tens of thousands of people die each year from TBI and millions more suffer some form of impairment.1 Car accidents, firearms, and falls are largely to blame. Indeed, car accidents alone account for half of all TBIs.2
At the Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD., we see our fair share of traumatic brain injuries. We frequently represent clients who have suffered the long-term consequences of head trauma.
Unfortunately, we’ve also heard our fair share of myths. Far too many people believe that traumatic brain injuries always cause immediate and unmistakable effects (e.g., loss of consciousness, visible bleeding). The truth is more complex.
Every brain injury is different. It can be mild or severe. Some people experience few to no physical symptoms. Others suffer a lifetime of disabilities. Some traumatic brain injuries result in a coma. Some cause short-term loss of consciousness (less than 30 minutes).
Other injuries are “silent,” causing disorientation and confusion, but no loss of consciousness. TBI that goes unnoticed can lurk under the surface for years. Left untreated, it can cause permanent damage.
All of which is why it’s important for people to dispel the myths surrounding brain trauma. Take a look at our infographic to learn more about common misconceptions surrounding TBI.