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Loss of Consciousness Caused by Head Trauma

There is a great deal of misunderstanding when it comes to determining whether loss of consciousness is required for a brain injury to occur. It is very common for insurance companies—and the doctors hired by them—to try to defeat claims by contending that if a patient did not lose consciousness, then they did not suffer a traumatic brain injury.

Based on our work representing brain injury victims at the Biren Law Group, we know that this is simply not true. Current medical literature makes it clear that a person who suffers a closed head injury may have sustained a traumatic brain injury, regardless of whether they lose consciousness or not. Still, loss of consciousness serves as an important factor when evaluating the extent of a brain injury.

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Loss of Consciousness Indicates Traumatic Brain Injury

While there may be debate on whether or not loss of consciousness must occur for a brain injury to happen, there is no medical dispute that loss of consciousness for 30 minutes or more is a sign of traumatic brain injury. Essentially, if loss of consciousness occurs for that long, an individual likely suffered a TBI.

The directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control released a joint report several years back that distinguished loss of consciousness of 30 minutes or more as one of the main characteristics of severe traumatic brain injury. This is one way doctors can differentiate severe TBI and mild TBI. However, using loss of consciousness as evidence in court is not that simple. A skilled advocate must know how to craft a claim that is rock solid and withstands attacks from insurance companies.

Mild Traumatic Head Injury Are Still Serious

It is important to note that in the same report, these experts characterize mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) as a "silent epidemic" in the United States. They acknowledge some of the debilitating factors of MTBI as confusion, disorientation or impairment, dysfunction of memory around the time of the injury, seizures, headaches, irritability, fatigue, and other various symptoms. Our Los Angeles attorneys have obtained many favorable outcomes for accident victims with head injuries, even when there was no evidence that they had lost consciousness. Our proven methods of maximizing damages can make all the difference in your case.

If you are unsure whether loss of consciousness will impact your brain injury case, call on Biren Law Group today. We waste no time in reviewing your claim! You can rest knowing we will do everything it takes to pursue compensation for the damages you have endured.

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