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Traumatic Brain Injuries and ConcussionsPeople suffer a wide variety of brain-related injuries. This wide variety of brain-related injuries includes traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions. TBIs and concussions are extremely similar; they share causes and symptoms, but they are not one and the same. TBIs can be severe, and may have long-lasting effects on a person. Concussions are a kind of mild TBI, and many people recover from them quickly. So while all concussions are traumatic brain injuries, not all traumatic brain injuries are concussions.

Defining a traumatic brain injury

Generally speaking, TBIs are serious injuries that do not differ much from other serious injuries. From one minute to the next, TBI victims’ lives can turn painful. Various injuries are localized to certain parts of the human body and affect said parts, but said injuries normally do not affect TBI victims mentally, just physically. Nevertheless, TBIs are not just localized to certain parts of the human body and thus affect said parts; they affect their victims completely, affecting them both physically and mentally.

In addition, the certain parts of the human body, affected by localized injuries, usually heal and regain their lost functionality, but finding the correct path to recovery from TBIs is difficult. TBIs differ from victim to victim. Moreover, whether a victim is aware of his or her TBI also differs from victim to victim, as some victims are instantly aware of their TBIs, but others are not aware until weeks later.

Furthermore, although the exact cause of a TBI varies among victims, the majority of TBIs result from car crashes, guns, and falls. TBIs also result from:

  • Open head injuries, which tend to involve injuries relating to guns, bodily damage to a particular body part, and skull penetration
  • Closed head injuries, which tend to involve falls, car crashes, a broad effect on victims, and bodily damage that is not just localized to particular part but does not involve skull penetration
  • Deceleration injuries, which come about due to the difference of speeds between the dense human skull and the not-so-dense human brain
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Oxygen loss
  • Tumors originating from brain cancer or negative surgical side-effects
  • Illnesses
  • Stroke originating from blood flow obstruction, unusual bleeding occurring in the brain, and/or cellular deterioration

Understanding concussions

Concussions are a kind of TBI resulting from a blow to the head or body, which leads to the swift movement of the head and brain. The swift motion, in turn, leads to the widening of the not-so-dense human brain inside the dense human skull and chemically altering the brain.

Symptoms of concussions differ from victim to victim and do not always include unconsciousness. But common symptoms of concussions include:

  • Momentary unconsciousness
  • Partial or total amnesia
  • Confusion
  • Slowed movement, thinking, speaking, or reaction
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems, including blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Physical, mental, and/or emotional imbalance

Moreover, while recovering from concussions, victims might become easily angered or sensitive to light and sound, and they might have trouble focusing and/or develop moderate headaches. Furthermore, when people experiencing symptoms of concussions differ from victim to victim; some victims experience symptoms instantly while others do not experience symptoms until days, weeks, or months after getting injured.

Whether you sustained a mild concussion or a more serious traumatic brain injury, you should seek medical attention right away. If your injury was the result of another person’s negligence or malicious act, you’ll want an experienced Chicago TBI attorney on your side. We invite you to contact Gainsberg Law through this contact form, or by calling 312.548.9019 today.