Brain Injury Myth – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Isn’t Serious

by John McKiggan

Diagnosis Misleading

The term mild or minor traumatic brain injury is extremely misleading. The reference to “mild” or “minor” refers only to the initial physical trauma or impact that causes the brain injury.

Permanent Problems

Brain injuries caused by a comparatively minor physical trauma or blow to the head can result in significant long term impairment or functional disability.

Often Misdiagnosed

As a Nova Scotia Brain Injury lawyer, I have spent the last 20 years representing persons who have been victims of serious personal injuries. I also sit on the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia (Halifax). In my experience, both as a brain injury lawyer, and a BIANS Board member, mild traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious injuries that commonly go undiagnosed.

Careful Examination Necessary

Busy, overworked doctors may not take the time to thoroughly question patients about their symptoms. The symptoms themselves may not develop until hours or days after the injured person has been discharged for the Emergency Room. In fact, the symptoms of mild traumatic brain are so subtle that the victims themselves may not realize they are suffering from a brain injury.

Symptoms to Look For

You can find a helpful checklist of the Symptoms of Minor Traumatic Brain Injury on my website.

Want more information? Contact me through this blog and ask for a free copy of my book, The Survivor’s Guide to Brain Injury Claims: How to prove the invisible injury.

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