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Brain injury victims and common TBI myths

Ohio head injury victims may have heard some of the common myths about traumatic brain injuries. Many people believe that all traumatic brain injuries bleed and cause a loss of consciousness. In reality, many TBI victims seem fine when they walk away from an accident. Many of these injuries do not show up on CT scans or MRIs and require more in-depth testing to detect.

Although a traumatic brain injury may be mild, the symptoms that present with it are often severe. Dizziness, nausea, confusion and depression are all common symptoms associated with mild brain injuries. Recovery for even a mild brain injury can be a long and difficult process, although most individuals recover within a month. Others face co-occurring physical and mental conditions that make the process more difficult.

Neuropsychological testing can be helpful once someone has undergone treatment for a traumatic brain injury and become stabilized. This type of testing can provide useful information about cognitive difficulties that often arise after a TBI. Another common brain injury myth is that TBI victims are unable to work, while in fact many hold positions in a variety of civilian and military capacities. There are many simple accommodations that can be made to help these individuals resume normal functioning at work.

Often associated with football and other contact sports, these types of head injuries often arise out of a car accident as well. A TBI victim who has been injured in a collision caused by another motorist who was driving while distracted or impaired may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to determine the available methods of seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

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