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The Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team have 40 years of experience in representing the victims of Brain Injuries and Head Injuries, including Concussion Injuries, Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, and other types of Head Injuries. Senior Trial Lawyer Douglas Schmidt is the author of “Overlooked Concussion Injuries-Still In The Dark Ages”, a review of the medical research and writing regarding Concussion Injuries and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries.  He has a great track record of successfully representing the victims of brain injuries and other head injuries.


The Schmidt Salita Law Team provides information about Brain Injuries, Concussion Injuries, and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries on their website at   For a better understanding of brain injuries, they provide the following glossary of terms relating to that subject.

Acquired brain injury: any brain injury that is not genetic, hereditary, or innate-typically the result of trauma, disease, strokes, tumors, Nokia, hypoxia, toxic exposure, degenerative disease, near drowning.

Anterograde amnesia: amnesia is the loss of memory / inability to remember.  Anterograde amnesia relates to the inability to recall events occurring after a traumatic event.

Amnesia: the loss of ability to remember; often occurs after traumatic events.

Brain damage:  A general term that refers to any harm or injury to the brain.

Brain Whiplash:  A term that refers to a brain injury that produces a concussion of the brain resulting from acceleration/deceleration trauma, typically with out a specific blow to the head. See Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Closed head injury: injury to the brand that does not involve the skull fracture or penetration of the skull.

Concussion: a traumatic brain injury, often used in connection with a mild traumatic brain injury. Technically a concussion results from the brain being battered or violently shaken, causing either a diffuse brain injury, a focal brain injury or a coup/contra coup injury.

Diffuse Brain Injury: a diffuse brain injury, also sometimes referenced as a diffuse axonal brain injury is one involving widespread damage to the white matter of the brain, which usually results from acceleration/deceleration types of injury A diffuse brain injury is one with widespread damage as distinguished from a focal brain injury where the damage is localized to a particular area of the brain.  Diffuse brain injuries typically result from “whiplash forces” without a blow to the head.  See definitions of ocal brain injury, “brain whiplash injury”, coup/contra coup brain injuries.

Focal Brain Injury: a focal brain injury is one of that damages a specific location or area within the brain, as opposed to a diffuse brain injury that occurs over a more widespread area.  Focal brain injuries typically result from a blow to the head as opposed to diffuse brain injuries that result from “whiplash” forces without a specific blow to the head.

Head Injury: the terms head injury, traumatic brain injury, and acquired brain injury are often used interchangeably; the term head injury can refer to harm or damage to the head which does not include brain damage, such as an external bruise/contusion, laceration or abrasion.  It can also refer to damage to the face,  scalp, the jaw or even the teeth.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI): a brain injury that is not within the moderate or severe category; however, a mild traumatic brain injury can have serious consequences.

Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury. Postconcussion syndrome

Post traumatic Amnesia: the inability to remember events or occurrences after the precipitating traumatic event. See Anterograde Amnesia definition.

Retrograde Amnesia: the inability to remember events or occurrences before the traumatic event.

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: severe head injuries typically result from the most severe trauma to the head, skull, and brain, including crushing blows and penetrating wounds of the skull.

Shaken Baby Syndrome: the Mayo Clinic definition is a serious brain injury resulting from forcefully shaken infant or toddler, resulting in the infliction of a head injury or of whiplash shake syndrome.

Skull Fracture:  a term referring to injury or damage which breaks or ruptures the skull.

Traumatic brain injury: any harm or damage to the brain caused by trauma, such as in a car accident or other motor vehicle collision.

Whiplash Shake Syndrome/Whiplash Brain Injury:  a consolation of injuries to the brain and ROI that may occur as a result of a vigorous shaking which causes stretching and tearing of the cerebral vessels of brain substance. The term is typically used to refer to injuries to infants but can also apply to adults. The term whiplash refers generally to an injury to the cervical spine caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head backward and or forward.  However, the same trauma that causes injury to the neck can also cause a concussion injury to the brain.

The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Blaine, Shoreview, Woodbury, Falcon Heights, Columbia Park, Stillwater, Hastings, Inver Grove, Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Richfield, Bloomington, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.

The Schmidt Salita Law Team provides 5 star rated, AV rated personal injury services to the entire State of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metropolitan area.