Is a Concussion Considered a Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Is it a “concussion” or a “traumatic brain injury”? Learn whether a milder blow to the head is still considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Is a Concussion Considered a Traumatic Brain Injury?

According to the Centers for a Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a TBI is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. A traumatic brain injury can range in severity from mild to severe.

Given that definition, a concussion is a TBI. Concussions are the most common type of TBI, and the term concussion is interchangeable with mild TBI. A mild TBI is one in which the victim experiences:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused, or disoriented
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Problems with speech
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Dizziness or a loss of balance
  • Blurred vision, ringing in the ears, changes in the sense of taste or smell
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Feeling depressed or anxious

Such injuries often happen in the following ways:

  • Auto accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Sports accidents

Any person who thinks they’ve sustained a concussion/mild TBI should consult with a medical professional as soon as practicable.

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If you or someone you love sustained a TBI due to another’s recklessness, our Los Angeles trial attorneys can help you recover the compensation you need for medical treatment. We understand the devastating physical, emotional, and financial consequences that a TBI can have for victims, and we want to help you through it.

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