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Three Myths About Atlanta Brain Injuries

Doctor Shows Information: Traumatic Brain InjuryAccording to The Center on Brain Injury Research[1] and Training, Traumatic Brain Injury is caused by an external physical force such as shaking, striking against an object, a fall, or a collision with speed and force. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury [2] (TBI) annually. The CDC also provides that about 75% of TBIs that occur each year are from concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.

Even with the high number of TBI injuries that occur each year, there are still myths and misunderstandings about these serious injuries:

  1. Tests Will Detect Traumatic Brain Injury. There is no one single test that can detect traumatic brain injury. Although medical tests such as MRI and CT scans can be helpful, neither can confirm damage or injury to axons and neurons in the brain.
  2. You Must Hit Your Head. It is not necessary for your head to hit against an external object in order to receive a brain injury. In a severe car crash, for example, the force of the collision may cause your brain to become injured from moving within the skull.
  3. All People with TBI Recover. In some instances, TBI is a permanent and disabling injury which affects a person’s ability to maintain employment and/or family relationships. The damages that a person can suffer as a result of such a disabling injury should be reviewed with a brain injury attorney.

If you suspect that you or a loved one have a brain injury, call 911 or go to an emergency room as soon as possible. It is also important to discuss the circumstances surrounding your injury with an Atlanta brain injury attorney. Read more here about how a law firm can help you if you have been injured.

References:

[1] http://cbirt.org/tbi-education/about-tbi/general-information-about-tbi/#typesTBI
[2] http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/BlueBook_factsheet-a.pdf

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