What are they?
Our team of lawyers at Houston Injury Lawyers, PLLC has been asked this question by our clients over the years. And the answer to this question has changed over time as medical science has changed over time as well. Over the last 15 years, with the media coverage and attention surrounding Chronic Traumatic Encepholpathy (CTE) and professional athletes, in addition to conflicts around the world in which American soldiers have been deployed, the diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries (“TBI”) has evolved as well.
While CTE is a chronic condition caused by multiple repeated brain traumas, there are also acute TBI as well. Like a soldier, life can sometimes be a battlefield full of accidents, resulting in trauma to the brain. This trauma can be serious or mild. A TBI is quite simply, an injury that affects how the brain works.
Is a Concussion a Traumatic Brain Injury?
YES! In simple math terms (for you math lovers): concussion=TBI. Of course, to the insurance adjuster – a concussion is just a bad headache and not a TBI. Modern medicine classifies a concussion as a traumatic brain injury that affects brain function. Contrary to what the insurance adjusters would have you believe, a concussion should not always be dismissed as a mild and temporary. And from what our team of injury Lawyers have seen, a concussion should always be taken very seriously. Some concussion can be milder in nature and can have temporary effects such as headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. However, we have seen cases where individuals continue to have effects from a concussion that linger and severely effect their hopes, their careers, their family, and their future. We have had clients who have been diagnosed by their specialists with post-concussion syndrome, and other longer-term ramifications of their concussion or TBI.
What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?
As we have seen with clients involved in falls, workplace accidents, offshore injuries, railroad injuries, bicycle accidents, and aviation accidents – post-concussion syndrome is real and can be severely debilitating. There is a portion of people who have a concussion who experience long-term effects beyond three weeks. These individuals are usually given a diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome. The syndrome is classified by persistent symptoms beyond the usual expected recovery period. The recovery period for a concussion is generally based on the severity of the injury and symptoms, in addition to the number of additional concussions in a person’s history. Some of our clients have continued to experience headaches, vertigo, memory loss, fatigue, and brain fog for many months following an injury. We have even seen situations where these prolonged symptoms were incapacitating and changed the trajectory of a person’s livelihood and future aspirations. We encourage our clients to have baseline neurological testing performed to establish the effects on the brain and symptomatology. And we always encourage our clients to follow up and to make every therapy appointment. For some, therapy can prove to be very beneficial. But for others, we have seen them forced to make substantial adjustments to their lives and dreams – through no fault of their own.
If you have been involved in an accident of any kind and through no fault of your own have been diagnosed with a concussion or post-concussion syndrome – the lawyers at Houston Injury Lawyers, PLLC are here to help make sure that you RECOVER. Our team’s focus is always on our clients’ recovery: 1) Physical recovery; 2) Emotional recovery; and, 3) Financial recovery.
We have represented clients with concussions and post-concussion syndrome and we are intimately familiar with traumatic brain injuries. Call us for a free consultation at (713) 366-HURT and by visiting us at www.houinjurylawyers.com. We don’t get paid unless you get paid. Tip the balance of justice in your favor and call us today.
* At Houston Injury Lawyers, our clients are our family. As personal injury attorneys in Houston, Texas, we work to help our clients and their families recover from their injuries. Tip the balance of justice into your favor by hiring us. For a free consultation, contact us at (713) 366-HURT or visit us at www.houinjurylawyers.com.