You should know the difference between a concussion and a traumatic brain injury if you or a loved one suffered a personal injury accident, like a car crash or a slip and fall. A traumatic brain injury can be several different injuries, and a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Some of these injuries may have no symptoms, so you should get checked out if you haven’t already.
Traumatic brain injuries require medical attention and may qualify for financial compensation. After a medical professional has evaluated you, one of our firm’s legal professionals can assess your eligibility for compensation.
What Is the Difference Between a TBI and a Concussion?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any injury to the brain that causes dysfunction. The injury is typically caused by a personal injury incident, such as a violent blow to the head. A concussion is a type of TBI that occurs when the brain moves and hits the inside of the skull, leading to bruising.
A concussion is a TBI, but a TBI isn’t necessarily a concussion. It could be another type of injury, such as a hematoma. Generally, a concussion is a mild form of TBI.
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What Qualifies as a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A TBI, like a concussion, may show no symptoms at all, so you may not be able to tell you to have one. Only a medical professional may be able to tell you.
You likely have a TBI if you have any of the symptoms of a TBI. For example, you may have a mild concussion if you feel confused and dazed.
Each of the following injuries qualifies as a TBI:
- Intracranial hematomas
- Skull fractures
- Brain contusions
- Diffuse axonal injuries
- Cerebral edema
- Second impact syndrome
Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Get Worse Over Time?
Even a mild concussion can worsen over time, as can other TBIs. TBIs can even lead to secondary brain injuries, such as hematomas, which can be much more severe. This is another reason to get checked out right away after an accident.
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Can You Fully Recover From a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are traumatic, so they take time to heal. However, a victim can recover entirely, depending on their type of TBI.
Generally, concussions heal within a couple of weeks, but other TBIs can take several months to heal. Some victims of severe TBIs may never fully recover from their injury. They may be left with permanent dysfunction and disability.
It may take time and money for your injury to heal. You might need months of expensive tests, treatment, and other damages, such as physical pain.
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You Can Demand Compensation in a TBI Claim
If your personal injury accident was someone else’s fault, you could demand compensation through a personal injury/TBI claim. This compensation could cover all of your damages, including any continual damages. You could demand such damages as:
- Physical pain
- Mental suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost earnings
- Property damage, such as damage to your car
- Bills for any assistive equipment or home accommodations you may need
Wrongful Death Damages
Sadly, traumatic brain injuries can be fatal. The deceased person may have gone through a lot, and the family may be devastated.
If you lost a loved one due to a traumatic brain injury, your damages might be beyond financial losses and mental suffering. In a wrongful death claim or lawsuit, you can demand such damages as:
- Any unresolved medical bills
- Lost income for the family
- Lost companionship
- Loss of parental support
- Punitive damages, in some cases
Our TBI Attorneys in Georgia Can Help You
Our firm’s award-winning legal team regularly manages TBI cases and wrongful death cases. One of our Georgia personal injury attorneys can help to prepare, file, and preserve your legal action while you focus on your recovery and family. Here’s exactly what your attorney can do for you:
- Your attorney can collect evidence for your legal action, such as the authorities’ accident report and a witness’s testimony
- Your lawyer can also negotiate your settlement with the other party’s insurance provider or threaten to sue the other party
- Your lawyer can even take your case to court if it can help you recover your due compensation
Learn More During a Free Consultation With Our Georgia Law Firm
If you have any other questions about the differences between concussions vs. traumatic brain injuries, or if you’d like to learn more about what one of our lawyers can do for you, connect with us at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. We can offer a free consultation with a member of our team. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your (or your loved one’s) eligibility for compensation.
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