Have you hit your head in an accident?
Brain injuries are a very serious matter that should be treated as soon as the accident occurs. With mental health and illnesses like CTE being a huge part of the public consciousness, preventing and treating these injuries has to be a number one concern.
To treat and prevent them, we need to learn more about them. Today, we’re going to talk about 9 crucial facts about brain injury that can help us deal with them. Many people are suffering long-term life-altering effects as a result of brain trauma, so the more we know the better.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths in America. They’re defined as any bump or blow to the head that results in the disruption of normal brain function.
TBI’s can differ wildly in severity, ranging from barely registering on your mental radar to an extended period of unconsciousness. There are three demographic groups that are most at risk of these brain injuries; children from 0-4 years of age, teenagers from 15-19 years of age, and the elderly, 65 years of age or older.
2. The ER Misses A Lot of Brain Injuries
When you go to the emergency room after a car or bike accident, you’ll see a doctor, maybe get a checkup and a few scans done. Unfortunately, our emergency rooms are a little bit off in what they’re looking for injury-wise.
Hospitals are more likely to treat more obvious injuries like broken bones and internal bleeding before they look under the hood, so to speak. Your brain injuries won’t make themselves so obvious that they take precedence over more visible injuries. Because of this, the ER misses a good portion of all brain injuries.
This is really scary when you think about the effects TBI’s can have when they go untreated. If you’re feeling even just a little bit woozy after an accident, make sure your ER doctor checks you for brain injury.
3. Most Head Injuries Can’t Be Diagnosed By CT/MRI Scans
Another major issue is that the scans that hospitals typically use to diagnose various internal injuries don’t actually pick up all head injuries. That’s right, those CT and MRI scans might not pick up your TBI.
The reality is, 75% of all TBI’s aren’t that serious and we’d classify them as minor concussions. These scans are designed to detect bleeding and bruising, not minor swelling. To be fair, it’s difficult to detect minor concussions.
There are manual concussion tests that have just as much success as heavy-duty scanning technology. If you’re sensitive to light or noise, experiencing blurred vision, headaches, or balance issues after an accident, you probably have some form of a concussion.
4. Loss of Consciousness = TBI
Any loss of consciousness as a result of a head injury should be classified as a TBI. In fact, when you’re knocked out, you’re dealing with a fairly serious brain injury. Most people, after they “come to”, will just shrug off going unconscious.
If you find yourself in one of these situations, never shrug it off. You need to see a doctor about this TBI because brain injuries get worse the more you have.
5. Your Poor Frontal Lobes
The area of the brain that usually suffers the worst injury is the frontal lobe, aka the top left part. This is the portion of your brain that controls your thinking and emotional capacity.
When you suffer a frontal lobe injury, your ability to make decisions and understand the consequences of your decisions is impaired. You might notice increased irritability and moodiness after a head injury, but there could be long-term consequences that fundamentally alter your brain’s function.
6. Brains Are Connected
Hitting one part of your head doesn’t necessarily mean that another part of your brain will be safe. Your brain is a single entity with many parts, but a blow to one section can have dire consequences for the rest of your brain as well.
7. 23 Seconds Per Brain Injury
Roughly every 23 seconds, someone in the US suffers a brain injury of some kind, which ends up being well over 2 million people per year. The most common causes of TBI’s in America are falls and car accidents; car accidents being the leading cause of TBI-related death.
A lot of these injuries and deaths can be prevented by wearing helmets while biking and seatbelts while driving.
8. Concussions, Explained
When you suffer a concussion, no matter how mild, you’re more likely to suffer another one. When you suffer several concussions, you’re at risk of a life-altering brain injury.
The current state of the NFL is the perfect example of this. Many of our football playing athletes suffer frequent, almost undetectable, head injuries from constant short-bursts of contact with one another. Over the last 5-10 years, a lot of data has told us a lot about the impact of these repeated head traumas.
Players are developing CTE at an alarming rate, causing some to have died already, and others poised to lose major brain function as they age. It’s an epidemic in the world of football, but it really makes you think about your own brain. Even the smallest bumps and falls can have a lasting impact on your mind.
9. Lasting Injuries
75% of people that return to work after a TBI lose their job within 3 months. The lasting impact that brain injuries can have are many. Your ability to focus, communicate your thoughts, and have emotional intelligence are all at risk.
This is a problem that needs to be taken far more seriously in this country. It’s affecting our children and our elderly at an alarming rate. If we want the brain health of those that came before us and the ones coming after us to be good, then we need to figure out a better way to prevent, diagnose, and treat TBI’s.
Facts About Brain Injury: What Can We Do?
These facts about brain injury tell us a lot about the problem, but not a whole lot about a solution. More research needs to be done on avoiding permanent serious damage to our brains, but for now, we just have to tread carefully.
If you’ve suffered a TBI because of an accident, or you were fired from your job as a result of your TBI, you should seek legal action. At Vivo Law Offices, we specialize in personal injuries from bike accidents. Contact us right away to talk about your injury and how we can help you get what you deserve.