Can a Brain Injury Occur Without Loss of Consciousness?
Posted on August 14, 2019 in Brain Injury
Brain injuries are some of the most devastating injuries that can happen to a person. They have a range of consequences for victims, from short- to long-term disabilities. In some cases, a brain injury leads to the need for lifelong care.
However, one question many people have is – Can a person suffer a brain injury without losing consciousness?
The answer to that is, yes, a person can suffer a brain injury without losing consciousness. We want to dig into what brain injuries are to get to the bottom of this answer.
What are traumatic brain injuries?
There are more than 5.3 million people living with disabilities caused by brain injuries in the United States. These injuries happen in a variety of ways, but all revolve around a person sustaining a blow to the head. Some of the common ways brain injuries occur include:
- Vehicle crashes
- Sports incidents
- Medical negligent
Not all of those incidents result in a loss of consciousness each time. Our brains can get jostled around without us passing out. The brain actually “floats” inside of our skulls. It is surrounded by a gelatinous fluid that keeps is cushioned, but a sudden jolt to our head or body can cause the brain to press against the skull.
Concussions are actually mild forms of traumatic brain injuries and a good example of how a brain injury can occur without loss of consciousness. Concussions have been linked to long-term damage in both teens and adult sports players, especially if they are not properly diagnosed or treated.
- There are around 8 million sports-related concussions each year in the United States.
- Most of these concussions occur in young children and teens.
What are the consequences of a brain injury?
The effects on the brain, even for minor brain injuries, can be tremendous and vary widely. Some of the main symptoms of a brain injury include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulties speaking
- Cognitive impairment
- Emotional or psychological problems
- Depressions and anxiety
- Loss of bodily function
- Organ failure
In some cases, the symptoms from a brain injury are short-term. However, if the damage is more severe, these symptoms can be long-lasting or even permanent. It is not uncommon for many brain injury victims to need long-term care and continual medical treatment. A brain injury, even one that does not impair a person physically, can keep a person from being able to work or enjoy everyday activities.
Proper diagnosis and treatment of a brain injury are vital, and it needs to happen quickly. There have been thousands of recorded cases of a person receiving a blow to the head, appearing okay, but dying hours later due to a brain injury.
Will I be entitled to compensation for these injuries?
If you or a loved one sustain a brain as a result of another person’s careless or negligent actions, you could be entitled to compensation. This could include the following:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Loss of future earnings or earning potential
- Coverage for necessary long-term or in-home care
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against those responsible
Speak with a Portland brain injury attorney as soon as possible after you suspect an injury has occurred.