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What’s The Difference Between a Concussion And A Traumatic Brain Injury?


A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is essentially a disruption of normal activity in the brain. This can be caused by a blunt force, a rapid or jarring motion, or a penetrative wound to the skull. TBIs can cause a wide-range of symptoms, ranging from pain to changes in mood, personality, and mental health. Some TBIs can even be deadly, such as when swelling or bleeding occurs in the brain. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are generally caused by a blow to the head, or anything that makes the brain collide with the skull. This is very common in car accidents.

Why Concussions Should be Taken Seriously

Although there is a tendency in our society to downplay the seriousness of concussions, leaving them untreated can have significant long-term effects, including brain damage, memory loss, migraine headaches, unexplained fatigue, and depression. Even if you believe you have only suffered a “mild” concussion, it’s important to get checked out by a professional, because the truth is that any injury to your brain can have serious consequences for your physical and cognitive health.

Common Causes of Concussions and other Traumatic Brain Injuries

The most common causes of concussions among adults are car accidents and slip-and-fall accidents. For this reason, if you are involved in a vehicle collision or you suffer a fall, even if you believe that you are not injured, it’s important to be seen by a medical professional so that they can assess you for signs of cognitive harm. The whiplash motion that occurs during a car accident is often enough to cause the brain to impact with the skull, which can cause bleeding or swelling internally. This kind of injury may not be immediately apparent, and by the time symptoms become obvious, it may be too late to do much about it. Traumatic brain injuries are not always visible or apparent, but left untreated they can have fatal consequences. A famous actress once died due to a traumatic brain injury that she sustained while skiing. In the afternoon she fell and hit her head on the slope. She had a headache, so went back to her room to ice her head, and by evening she had passed away. Among children, sports are also a common cause of concussions. If coaches or gym teachers do not take your child’s head injury seriously and adhere to proper protocols, or force them to continue, and your child suffers worsened harm as a result, the coach or gym teacher (and, likely their employer) may be held accountable.

Schedule a Consultation with Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers

If you believe you or a loved one may have suffered a traumatic head injury due to another person or party’s negligence, it’s important to hold them accountable, and the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers want to help you do just that.  Serving Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, or anywhere in Georgia, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers are ready to fight to get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact our Dunwoody personal injury lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.



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