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The Term “Concussion” Is Way Too Euphemistic: A Concussion Is a Brain Injury, Plain and Simple

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Technically speaking, a concussion is known as a mild traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, many people like to euphemize: to avoid using the words "brain injury" because of their scary connotation.


Here's the reality: a brain injury is a brain injury is a brain injury.


Call it a “concussion” if you want. Well, actually, don’t call it that. When you euphemize—when you make a scary situation “sound nice”—you may subconsciously treat it without due seriousness.


You must treat your brain injury like a brain injury, both from a medical standpoint (i.e. you need good medical care, ASAP) and from a legal standpoint (you need good representation ASAP, as well).


Think about your association with these two terms: "concussion" and "brain injury."


When you think about concussions, you may conjure up images of a football player, like Robert Griffin III, getting sacked and having to sit out a week before getting back on the gridiron. Not so bad, ultimately. Not fun, exactly. But certainly not a life-changing event.


A brain injury, on the other hand, sounds serious. Because it is!


Brain injuries are long-term—or potentially long-term. They can involve hematomas, loss of cognition, cranial swelling, herniation, and even alteration of brain structures. They are serious.


This article is not intended to scare you needlessly: it’s intended to wake you up.


When people treat their mild traumatic brain injuries as merely “concussions,” they can behave in an overly cavalier fashion. A high school hockey star, for instance, may try to “shake off” the brain injury and get back onto the rink before he's ready. Such foolhardiness can put you at risk for devastating aftereffects, particularly the much feared Second Impact Syndrome.


Getting Allies on Board


You would never attempt to treat a cardiac arrest or broken ribs by yourself. So don’t try to deal with your brain injury by yourself, either. Now is the time to find and lean on good help. You need a great doctor. You need friends and family to help.


And you need an experienced brain injury lawyer to help you sort fact from fiction and protect your rights. Give the McComb Witten team a call today to get a free, thorough consultation—for a legal response that’s serious and thorough.