Mild traumatic brain injuries are commonly known as concussions. These injuries are often caused by a blow, jolt, or bump on the head. Anytime the brain hits up against the wall of the skull, a concussion can result.
Mild traumatic brain injuries can technically range from mild to severe, depending on how the injury occurred and the relative force involved. Unfortunately, approximately 160,000 Canadians will suffer a brain injury annually.
Concussion symptoms often include:
- Loss of consciousness
- State of being dazed or confused
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Sensory problems such as blurred vision or ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Memory or concentration problems
- Mood changes, including depression or anxiety
More severe forms of traumatic brain injuries often have increased symptoms. However, symptoms related to MTBIs may also be reflective of a more serious condition. If you or a loved one exhibits any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to seek medical attention immediately.
Preventing a MTBI or Concussion in Vehicles
One of the most common causes of MTBIs is motor vehicle accidents. Collisions at even slow speeds can result in head injuries. The head can hit any number of things in the car. In addition, debris flying through the vehicle can also cause damage as well. Much more serious brain injuries can also result, including life-changing traumatic brain injuries.
By taking extra steps to keep yourself safe while driving, you can prevent many concussions. Use the following tips related to motor vehicle accidents to decrease the likelihood of experiencing a concussion due to a crash.
- Always wear your seatbelt every time you drive or ride in a vehicle.
- Be sure that your child is using the correct safety seat or belt for his or her age, weight, and size.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Be sure to always wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle.
- Take care to follow the rules of the road and practice defensive driving.
MTBIs and Helmet Use
The use of helmets on motorcycles and bicycles significantly decreases your chances of incurring a concussion or other more serious brain injury. Adults and children alike should wear helmets when engaging in the following activities.
- Riding a motorcycle, scooter, ATV, snowmobile, or bike
- Playing a contact sport like ice hockey or football
- Riding a skateboard or skating
- Riding a horse or similar activity
- Skiing, snowboarding, or sledding
- Batting or running bases as part of softball or baseball
Helmets should also be fitted properly and maintained in a way that will not compromise their integrity. Be sure to use the proper helmet for the particular activity.
Many head injuries are the result of children engaging in sporting activities. Be sure that your child is following the safety rules associated with that sport and practising good sportsmanship to avoid conflicts that can result in injuries. Never continue playing a game if a concussion is suspected until you have been properly evaluated.
Preventing Brain Injuries in Seniors
Seniors are one of the largest age groups that are affected by brain injuries. Taking extra steps to keep seniors safe can help decrease the odds of an injury because of a fall.
Be sure to remove tripping hazards in walkways and use non-slip mats in the bathroom. Grab bars can also be helpful in areas that may be difficult to navigate, such as near stairs or in the bathroom. Be sure to use handrails on both sides of the stairs whenever possible. Improving the lighting in the home can also help seniors see where they are going and prevent falls.
Maintaining a regular exercise program can also help keep the ankles and legs strong and maintain balance. However, you should be sure to check with your health professional before engaging in any exercise program.
Getting Legal Help from an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
In some situations, your brain injury may be the result of someone else’s fault. In these situations, you may have a legal claim for compensation. Call our 24/7 personal injury hotline at 1-800-567-HURT to discuss your options.