MINNEAPOLIS BRAIN, CONCUSSION INJURY LAWYER-WHIPLASH OF THE BRAIN
MINNEAPOLIS CONCUSSION INJURY LAWYERS know that concussion injuries often occur as the result of a “whiplash of the brain” without a direct blow to the head.
This concept has been known for a long time. As early as 2002, the well-respected textbook by Drs. Foreman and Croft entitled Whiplash Injuries-The Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome recognized the concept of “whiplash of the brain” in reference to concussion injuries of the brain.
The authors recognized trauma from motor vehicle collisions to be the single most important cause of both fatal and non-fatal brain injuries. They noted that up to 60% of all mild traumatic brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle collisions. The most common diagnosis of these brain injuries was “concussion”.
The authors describe the “whiplash of the brain” as the result of an acceleration/deceleration of the brain in a “noncentroidal) manner. In other words, it is an “angular acceleration” of the brain with no significant direct blow to the head.
WHIPLASH OF THE BRAIN STATISTICS ARE SURPRISING!
Doctors Foreman and Croft note that:
-The recovery from mild traumatic brain injuries is often less complete than is the case with more severe types of brain injury.
-This type of injury constitutes a greater health care burden because it is so common.
-Whiplash injuries are the second most common cause of post-traumatic headaches.
-57.3% of cases producing post-traumatic headaches do not involve a blow to the head.
WHIPLASH OF THE BRAIN CAN PRODUCE POST CONCUSSION SYNDROME.
The classic symptoms of Post Concussion Syndrome can be permanent. Some respected medical researcher say that all concussion injuries have permanent consequences. The classic symptoms include the following:
photophobia (sensitivity to light),
phonophobia (sensitivity to sound),
impaired logical thought,
difficulty with new or abstract concepts,
outbursts of anger,
loss of libido (sexuality),