Myth #7 – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Isn’t Permanent
It was once thought that the effects of concussion, (mild traumatic brain injury) were temporary. Doctors assumed patients could recover from the effects of concussion after a few minutes or hours.
However a famous research study published in Neurology, the Journal of the American Academy of Neurologists, found that after one year 10% to 15% of mild traumatic brain injury patients still had not fully recovered. In fact, the study determined that many patients had more symptoms than immediately after the accident.
Modern medical research has found that mild traumatic brain injury can result in deficits (problems) in the speed of information processing, attention, and short term memory.
Recovery from these deficits can take several weeks or months and a small percentage of patients may never fully recover.
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Halifax Brain Injury lawyer John McKiggan Q.C. has served on the board of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia (Halifax Chapter) and is the author of Brain Matter: The Survivor’s Guide to Brain Injury Claims an educational resource for brain injury survivors and their families.
If you or someone in your family has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you can call brain injury lawyer John McKiggan Q.C. toll free at (902) 423-2050 or contact us online for a free consultation.