Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a catastrophic and permanent effect on your life. Immediately after they occur, you face the financial and emotional challenges of medical bills and struggling with insurance companies. In the long run, depending on their extent, such injuries can impair your personality, mental and physical functioning, and even prevent you from maintaining full-time employment.

Despite its obvious impact on a person’s future, a surprising number of myths abound concerning TBI. Four of them are explained and debunked below.

Myth No. 1: A TBI takes immediate effect

While some traumatic brain injuries produce an immediate and recognizable effect such as unconsciousness, this does not happen in all instances. Sometimes it takes hours after the original injury for symptoms to manifest themselves, so if you have been in an accident, experienced a fall, or any other situation that could have resulted in a head injury, seek medical treatment immediately.

Myth No. 2: TBIs result in a positive MRI or CT scan

The reality in this instance is that the majority of mild traumatic brain injuries result in a negative MRI or CT Scan. People in this situation can manifest clear signs of physical, mental, and psychological impairment, yet display no evidence of any abnormalities on neurodiagnostic tests. As the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Myth No. 3: You can only suffer a TBI after a blow to the head

Not all TBIs are the result of direct impact to the skull. When your head experiences a rapid acceleration or deceleration force such as whiplash, the resulting forces can cause your brain to strike the opposite side of your skull. Also referred to as a Coup Contra Coup injury, it can stretch and tear neurons in your brain.

Myth No. 4: TBIs always knock you unconscious

This myth arises from the misconception that if a head injury does not render you unconscious, you have a concussion and not a TBI. By definition, mild traumatic brain injury is characterized by less than 20 minutes of unconsciousness and even, in some cases, no loss of consciousness at all. Never assume that because you weren’t “knocked out,” no brain injury occurred.

If you or someone you love has experienced a head injury of any kind, then don’t take chances. Seek emergency medical attention and then contact a New York personal injury attorney who can help you fight for compensation if that injury results in serious impairment and even wrongful death. You may be eligible to receive significant monetary damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, and even permanent disability, so work with an attorney who understands TBI cases and knows how to get you the financial award or settlement you need to move forward. If you suffered a TBI, then you may be entitled to compensation. Bronx lawyer Jayson Lutzky may be able to help you recover that compensation. Contact Mr. Lutzky’s office to set up a free in-person consultation today! Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more.