What are some myths about brain injuries?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Brain Injuries |

A brain injury occurs when the brain sustains damage due to a sudden trauma or impact to the head. Brain injuries can range from mild to severe, and the effects can vary widely depending on the extent and location of the damage.

Brain injuries are complex medical conditions that can significantly affect a person’s life. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding brain injuries that can lead to misunderstandings and stigma.

Myth: All brain injuries are severe

In 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 214,110 hospitalizations occurred for brain injuries. However, not all brain injuries are severe and result in immediate, obvious symptoms.. In reality, symptoms may vary widely depending on the individual and the specific circumstances of the injury.

Myth: Brain injuries result in lost consciousness

Another myth is that losing consciousness is necessary for a brain injury to occur. While loss of consciousness can be a symptom of some brain injuries, such as a moderate or severe TBI, it is not always the case. Many people with brain injuries never lose consciousness, but still experience symptoms such as confusion, memory problems and changes in mood or behavior.

Myth: Recovery from a brain injury is always complete

Some believe that once a person with a brain injury undergoes treatment, they will fully recover and return to their previous level of functioning. While many individuals do make significant progress with rehabilitation and therapy, recovery from a brain injury is often a long and unpredictable process.

Myth: Brain injuries only affect cognitive function

While a brain injury can impact cognitive function, these injuries can affect many aspects of a person’s life. In addition to cognitive changes, individuals may experience physical impairments, such as difficulties with balance or coordination, as well as emotional and behavioral changes, such as depression, anxiety or irritability.

It can take an extensive amount of time to recover from a brain injury, and many with one of these injuries never fully return to their normal life. If you suffered a brain injury in an accident, take steps to protect your legal rights to fair and proper compensation.