Traumatic Brain Injuries in MD & VA

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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be disastrous, not only to the brain injury survivor, but to their wife or husband, parent, child, companion or caregiver. Even a mild traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion, can permanently affect your life, making work or school difficult, damaging your personal relationships, and perhaps requiring long-term care and treatment.

Whether you are a survivor of a head injury, or a loved one of someone who has suffered a head or brain injury, you need to be informed about how you may be eligible for compensation to cover the costs of these injuries.

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Gain Insight Into TBIs

To learn more about what you may be facing with a TBI, we have provided an excerpt of Attorney Paul Zukerberg's book, 5 Common Myths About Concussions. The information can help you understand your situation and inform you of the proper steps to take after an injury. Paul Zukerberg & Jonathan Halperin have been representing clients with head injuries for decades. The DC personal injury attorneys at Zukerberg & Halperin has been carefully trained to meet the needs of brain injury survivors, and has the patience to assure that clients and their families receive compassionate representation.

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5 Common Myths About Concussions 5 Common Myths About Concussions

Each year, one million Americans are treated in hospital emergency departments for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Most of these injuries are concussions. A "concussion" is just another term for a mild traumatic brain injury. Just like any injury or illness, every concussion must be evaluated, managed and treated appropriately by a doctor. Symptoms following a concussion can last for minutes, days, weeks, months, or even longer.

Myth 1. "Billy Will Be Fine. He Just Got His 'Bell Rung.'"

The coach called it a "zinger," a "ding," a "bell ringer," or a "good clean shot," but any temporary loss of brain functioning due to a blow to the head is a brain "concussion." Concussions can lead to long-lasting, physical, emotional and cognitive problems. Recently enacted laws in Washington State, and 7 other states, now require an athlete under the age of 18 be removed from practice and/or a game after sustaining a concussion. They are not allowed to return until they have obtained a written return-to-play authorization from a medical professional. A version of this law is currently being considered by the D.C. City Council. The NFL and Brain Injury Association have strongly advocated its passage in all states.

Myth 2. "I Didn't Black Out, So I Don't Have a Concussion."

Contrary to popular myth, you do not have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. In fact, 90% of patients who suffer concussions never lose consciousness. Recent medical research shows that amnesia (a loss of memory at the time of the injury), and not loss of consciousness, is the main indicator of concussion.

Other symptoms secondary to concussion can include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Memory or concentration issues
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness of the extremities
  • Agitation or irritability
  • Impulse control issues

You should always seek medical help promptly if suffering from any of these symptoms following a head injury.

Myth 3. "It's Only a Concussion. I'll Be Fine."

Unfortunately, many people don't understand that even a mild concussion can change the way your brain normally sends and receives information.

The human brain contains approximately 100 billion brain cells called neurons, which connect to each other through mechanical and chemical pathways.

When these pathways are interrupted following a brain injury, the brain's ability to process information is degraded. Imagine you are driving on a highway and the road is suddenly blocked. Sure, you can re-route your trip to a different road, but your new route is slower, and your trip will take longer. The brain works the same way.

It can compensate for damage to brain cells and disruptions of neural pathways following a concussion, but the re-routing of information will cause your brain to slow down and cognitive functioning will be reduced. Even a mild concussion can permanently affect your life, making work or school difficult, damaging your personal relationships, and perhaps requiring long-term care and treatment.

Myth 4. "The MRI or CT Scan Was Normal, So Everything's Fine."

CT scans and MRI's are wonderful diagnostic tools, but they cannot detect a concussion. In fact, if anything abnormal does show up on a CT or MRI, by definition you don't have a concussion. You have something much more serious, such as a subdural hematoma or a focal brain lesion. CT scans and MRI's can only see large anatomy, approximately a millimeter in size, so any damage smaller than a millimeter won't show up. But when we talk about brain cells, we are speaking about microns-a millionth of a meter. One day, perhaps soon, scientists will develop imaging technologies that will allow us to see the microscopic damage caused to brain cells following a concussion. Until that time, remember, a normal MRI or CT Scan does not mean you don't have a serious brain injury.

Myth 5. "I Don't Need to See My Doctor. I'm Fine."

Every concussion should be evaluated, managed, and treated appropriately by a doctor. A concussion should never be taken lightly or ignored.

Concussions symptom can include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Memory or concentration issues
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness of the extremities
  • Agitation or irritability
  • Impulse control issues

You should always seek medical help promptly if suffering from any of these symptoms from a serious injury, particularly a head injury.

If you would like to learn more about TBIs straight from Attorney Zukerberg, call our Washington DC personal injury attorneys at (202) 759-7666 today!

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