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Is a Concussion a Traumatic Brain Injury?

a man holding his head in painTraumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be classified into three categories: mild, moderate, and severe. The classification of your injury may affect your symptoms and recovery prognosis.

Learn about a specific type of injury—concussions—and whether they may be classified as traumatic brain injuries.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion often occurs after a blow to the head or a whiplash-type injury and may result in an altered mental state that can include loss of consciousness. Although a concussion may result in loss of consciousness, this is not a requirement for a victim to receive a TBI diagnosis.

Generally, most medical practitioners now agree that a TBI may occur without loss of consciousness, direct external trauma to the head, or positive findings on CT, MRI, or other sophisticated diagnostic testing devices. This has led to many more injury victims receiving a correct diagnosis and the proper treatment they need.

If you have been in an accident and you now experience the following symptoms, you may be suffering from a concussion and should schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible:

  • Memory problems

  • Confusion

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Sensitivity to light and noise

If you or someone you love has acquired a mild, moderate, or severe TBI in an accident, our San Francisco brain injury attorneys are here to help. We specialize in helping victims recover the compensation they deserve from negligent parties and we’re here to help you, too.

Contact Scarlett Law Group at (415) 688-2176 to learn how we can assist you.


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