West Virginians who have sustained brain injuries may find themselves dealing with some common myths. One of the most common is that all traumatic brain injuries involve bleeding or some form of loss of consciousness. In reality, there are many closed head injuries that do not result in penetration of the skin or skull and do not involve bleeding. Other brain injuries may occur without the victim losing consciousness at all. Even if an injury does not bleed, it can still have serious consequences.
Another dangerous TBI myth is that someone who looks fine after a blast or impact is always fine. It is also a myth that mild traumatic brain injuries do not result in debilitating symptoms, such as amnesia, headaches and vomiting. Brain injury myths even affect the treatment process as many people believe that TBIs always show up on brain imaging and that the recovery process is straightforward. There are even myths that perpetuate the idea that traumatic brain injuries are always linked to PTSD.
Neurological testing is often helpful for those with a TBI, but a common myth suggests that there is no use for this type of treatment. Others believe that individuals with TBIs are unable to perform work or require extensive accommodation in their jobs. In reality, many individuals with TBIs can hold a variety of positions, including military work.
While traumatic brain injuries are commonly associated with military service or contact sports, many are caused by a sudden impact to the head during a car collision. A person who has sustained a TBI in an automobile accident caused by the negligence of another driver may want to have the help of a lawyer in seeking compensation from the at-fault motorist through a personal injury lawsuit.