While some people may classify certain traumatic brain injuries as “mild,” there is mounting evidence that there may be no such thing as a mild traumatic brain injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 75% of traumatic brain injuries are classified as concussions or other mild TBI’s. Mild TBI’s include injuries which may initially involve only brief changes in mental status or consciousness, as opposed to “severe” injuries which result in an extended period of unconsciousness or even amnesia.
However, someone who sustains a concussion is at a higher risk to experience additional concussions. Also, there is increasing evidence that repeated mild TBI’s, even over a period of time of months or years, can lead to cumulative neurological and cognitive deficits. Even more troubling, repeated mild TBIs occurring within a shorter period of time can result in catastrophic injuries, including death.
If you have experienced a concussion or other “mild” traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights.