8 Myths of Traumatic Brain Injury
8 Myths of Traumatic Brain Injury (by John McKiggan Q.C.)
Brain injuries are sometimes called “the invisible injury” because the injury frequently cannot be seen using typical diagnostic tools like ultrasound, CT scan or MRI.
Proving that someone suffered a fracture is easy. You simply produce an x-ray that shows a picture of the injury.
But brain injuries can happen at the microscopic level. The injury cannot be seen using many standard medical tests. Representing brain injury survivors presents unique challenges, even for experienced injury lawyers.
In my 22 years representing accident victims, one of most serious, but most commonly misdiagnosed, injuries I have seen is the “so called” mild traumatic brain injury.
After representing brain injury survivors for more than two decades and spending years volunteering with the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia, I realized traumatic brain injury is widely misunderstood by the public (and sometimes even by doctors and nurses).
The symptoms of traumatic brain injury can be so subtle that they can be missed by the injured person, their lawyer or the busy doctors and nurses that treated the injury in the hospital. Often it is family members that first notice that the injured victim “just isn’t the same”.
Public Education Resource
That’s one of the reasons I wrote Brain Matter: The Survivor’s Guide to Brain Injury Claims; to help educate the public, brain injury survivors and their families, about brain injury claims.
In Brain Matter I explain in detail how the brain works, how it can be injured, the misunderstandings and misconceptions surrounding brain injury, the challenges they present to brain injury survivors, and what survivors need to prove if they want to pursue a brain injury compensation claim.
This article shares some of the insights from my book.
Myths vs. Facts
Want to know the biggest challenges survivors face in identifying (and recovering from) brain injuries?
Then you need to know the differences between the myths and facts of traumatic brain injury.
Keep reading to learn more about the 8 Myths of Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Myth #1 – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Isn’t Serious
- Myth #2 – You Have to be Knocked Out to Suffer a Brain Injury
- Myth #3 – You Have to Hit Your Head to Suffer a Brain Injury
- Myth #4 – A Normal MRI or CT Scan Means No Brain Injury
- Myth #5 – Effects of Brain Injury Can be Identified Immediately
- Myth #6 – Children Recover Quickly From Brain Injuries
- Myth #7 – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Isn’t Permanent
- Myth #8 – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Isn’t Disabling