You may think you know a lot about serious head injuries – but you may not know the whole story. Traumatic brain injuries are different than other types of common injuries, and medical professionals and scientists are still learning more about them with every passing year.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the common myths associated with TBI that could cloud your understanding of your injuries or your Virginia head injury case:
Myth #1: You have to hit your head to suffer a brain injury.
If you are not bleeding from your head after an accident, you didn’t suffer a head injury, right? Absolutely not. A brain injury isn’t just caused by your skull hitting an object, it is also caused by your brain striking the inside of your skull. While head injuries are often caused by your head striking an object or an object striking your head, they can also be caused by the sudden acceleration or deceleration of your head or even by a large explosion.
Myth #2: A concussion doesn’t have any serious or long-term consequences.
I hate when I hear people say, “It was just a concussion.” Your brain is the organ that controls all other organs in your body, and when it is damaged in any way, it can have a permanent effect on your health and wellbeing. A concussion can leave you with long-term memory issues, headaches, motor issues, and other problems – not to mention emotional and psychological concerns.
Myth #3 Children heal better from brain injuries than adults.
Children have brains that are still developing. This doesn’t mean that they will have an easier time “re-routing” around damaged areas, it means that they could face brain damage that affects them for the rest of their lives. Children may be far more susceptible to behavioral problems, personality changes, and impulsive behavior than adults following a head injury.
Myth #4: If I didn’t lose consciousness, I don’t have a head injury.
Many brain injury patients don’t realize they’ve had a TBI until they begin to have issues with eyesight, headaches, memory, or other cognitive problems. In some of these cases, injury victims wrongly believed that they did not need medical care after an accident because they never lost consciousness or went into a coma.
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