There is no general agreement among doctors about what constitutes a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), mild head injury, or concussion. Some medical professionals use all these phrases to mean the same thing.
Wisconsin personal injury attorneys know that head injuries of all sorts are frequent results of serious motorcycle wrecks near Appleton or Green Bay. Although wearing a motorcycle helmet greatly reduces the risks of fatal head wounds, it’s quite common for a rider to be thrown from his vehicle and experience some form of head trauma. The sudden change in velocity—technically, deceleration—can cause the brain to rotate or to move back and forth within the skull, even if there is no direct physical collision between the injured person’s head and another object.
Someone with a mild-to-moderate TBI may display a number of symptoms. Confusion and sleepiness are among the most well known symptoms of concussion, but you should be alert for the following signs of a brain injury after a Wisconsin traffic crash:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dizziness or disorientation
- Nausea or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears or hearing difficulties
- Visual difficulties: double vision, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, or “seeing” phantom bright lights
- Poor motor coordination
- Confusion, limited attention spans, or difficulty concentrating
- Memory losses
- Irritability and crankiness
- Moodiness or sadness, depression, or anxiety
Just as with any other head injury, a mild traumatic brain injury requires immediate medical attention. Do not skip the trip to the emergency room after your Wisconsin motorcycle accident.
Most symptoms of concussion will go away over time—a period that may require up to three weeks. The patient should be encouraged to rest, and relatives or friends should monitor their loved one’s condition carefully.
In as many as 15 percent of cases, the symptoms of a mild concussion persist longer than a month. They may fade over a year or two, or they may last as a permanent disability. It should also be noted that slow bleeding in the brain can mimic the signs of minor TBI for a few days, and then suddenly display much more serious symptoms. New researches seem to suggest that these more serious developments are more common if the patient has been repeatedly exposed to brain trauma during his or her lifetime—perhaps by having suffered other motor vehicle accidents in the past, or by having participated in contact sports in high school.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, please contact the experienced Appleton motorcycle crash lawyers at Hupy and Abraham. We can be reached at 920-882-8382 (local) or (800) 800-5678 (toll-free). Ask for your FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. Read the book, and you’ll understand our commitment to finding justice for our clients.
When you’re ready, make an appointment for a free case evaluation with one of our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys. We’ll explain how our law firm can help you recover what you deserve for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. At Hupy and Abraham, our whole team is committed to getting you the best recovery possible. Let us show you how we can help you.