"Mild" Traumatic Brain Injury?

Robert Edwards July 17, 2013

Mild traumatic brain injury, also commonly referred to as a concussion, is oftentimes mild to anyone who is not experiencing it. But to someone who is afflicted with a permanent brain injury, even if classified as "mild", calling it mild is insulting.In March 2012 the Star Tribune reported the following statistics:

1.7 million Number of Americans who suffer a traumatic brain injury each year

275,000 are hospitalized with brain injuries, many with persistent, debilitating injuries

50,000 to 100,000 Number of Americans who live in states of partial consciousness

15,000 Estimated number of Americans who live in an unresponsive "vegetative" condition.

52,000 people with brain injuries die each yearWith the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan causing concussions on a large scale among our troops, research into concussions and their long-term effects has accelerated dramatically. Speaking just about mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) the Centers for Disease Control reports the following statistics:Between 75% and 90% of all hospital admissions and death relating to traumatic brain injury other result of mild traumatic brain injury/concussion.Up to 15% of people who sustained concussions experience persistent, disabling cognitive difficulties.Signs and symptoms of a person experiencing cognitive difficulties following a concussion would include:

  • Attention difficulties,

  • Concentration problems,

  • Memory problems, and or

  • Orientation problems.

If as a result of a traumatic injury caused by someone else's negligence, you or someone you love have experienced a head injury of any sort, even without loss of consciousness, and experience continuing cognitive difficulties, you may want to consult a personal injury attorney. Give me a call, I'd be happy to

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