A mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is commonly called a concussion. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that “a TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” The severity of TBI’s range from mild concussions to severe TBI’s that can cause extended periods of unconsciousness, memory loss after the injury, or other deficiencies in brain function.
Concussions in Young People Are Grossly Underdiagnosed
The Brain Trauma Foundation says that concussions are “the most underreported, underdisgnosed and underestimated brain trauma by far.” An article published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing entitled Concussions and the Adolescent Athlete explores the prevalence of TBI in younger populations. The article states that young people (particularly those ages 0-4 years and ages 15-19 years) experience the highest incidences of TBI, but only “a relatively modest percentage of research effort has been devoted to the mechanistic understanding and treatment of TBI,” despite its prevalence in our society.
The authors reviewed a number of TBI studies and statistics and found that “An ever-growing body of evidence suggests that concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), in young individuals is an often unrecognized or overlooked, underreported, and inadequately treated problem in pediatric and adolescent neuroscience.” Further, the evidence suggests that concussions remain “grossly underdiagnosed, as compared with more severe TBI, due to a poor understanding of the clinical signs and symptoms involved with a head injury.”
The leading causes of TBI in young people (which are predominantly concussions) are motor vehicle crashes and sport-related injuries.
Know the Warning Signs of a Concussion
It is important for anyone who works with young athletes and parents and guardians of young athletes to know the warning signs of a concussion. Even though a concussion is considered a “mild” TBI, it is still a serious brain injury and requires medical attention. Understand that signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not necessarily present immediately.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
- Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
- Dizziness or “seeing stars”
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
- Delayed response to questions
- Appearing dazed
- Concentration and memory complaints
- Irritability and other personality changes
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Sleep disturbances
- Disorders of taste and smell
If your child or anyone who has sustained an injury to the head or jolt to the body exhibits any of these signs or symptoms, it is important that you get them medical care immediately.
Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
Given the serious and long-lasting potential consequences of a TBI, it is imperative that people who have suffered a TBI caused by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another party get the compensation they will need for their lifetime. Brain injury cases can be difficult, but with our experience and dedication to our clients, we will make sure your family is given the best possible representation.
Here at Miller Lathrop we practice exclusively in personal injury law and wrongful death, which means all of our clients have had something horrible happen to them. Our clients have experienced a life-changing injury or are enduring the wrongful death of a loved one. Because of the personal nature and importance of the cases we handle, we feel it is a privilege to be entrusted with our clients’ legal matters.
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