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Concussion (mTBI) from Accidents

According to the Brain Injury Society an often overlooked diagnosis in accidental injuries is Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI).  Missing an mTBI diagnosis can lead to a lifetime of emotional struggle, physical and financial turmoil, and even depression and suicide for head injury victims.
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Traumatic Brain Injury Evaluation is Not Just for Athletes


The Brain Injury Society

“In fact, motor vehicle accidents (MVA) and falls are responsible for most TBIs suffered by Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2 million Americans per year experience TBI, with 14.3% caused by traffic accidents and 40.5% caused by falls. That means some 286,000 TBIs result from car crashes annually. The actual number may be much higher, because brain injuries aren’t always immediately obvious after an accident. Indeed, TBI is commonly referred to as a “silent” epidemic because many people do not associate brain injury with concussions—the most common form of TBI.”

Mr. James Mathis, Insurance Industry Expert


"This is exactly what physicians and attorneys in the PI world have needed for decades. This will now provide an opportunity to not only catch all the cases of MTB injuries which have gone undiagnosed and untreated, but also objectively document those for the direct benefit of patients and clients. At last there will be a vehicle to effectively communicate with the insurance industry all the missed MTB injuries which in the past have complicated recovery and gone uncompensated by the insurance industry."  -  Jim Mathis, Insurance Industry Expert, January 2017

Latha Ganti, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, Brain Injury Researcher


 “As an ER doc working at a busy trauma center, I see victims of MVCs every day.  Prior to launching the Center for Brain Injury Research and Education, I had little appreciation of the devastating effects of mild TBI, as most of these victims look just fine from the outside. After several years of studying MVC victims using tools such as brain imaging, neurocognitive and vestibuloocular testing, I have seen first hand what victims of mild TBI from MVCs experience. Their inability to function well from the aftermath of numerous symptoms makes it so they can’t drive, hold down employment, or interact well with others. This leads to a downward spiral of loss of productivity, financial distress, depression and further limitation of function. Thanks to our research we now know many things we can detect and expect following MVC related TBI, and thus are able to preempt some of these disabilities, or at least manage them when they do occur. I am passionate about increasing awareness and treatment options for this silent killer and finding ways to better understand how diagnostic adjuncts can improve our ability to identify these injuries.”


“In mTBI, there are numerous deficits noted especially challenges with executive functioning, which can reasonably be correlated to dysfunction (EEG slowing) in a certain lobe of the brain.” 


“Very excited to be part of the team, and especially excited to help mTBI victims. I have seen first hand how a "simple" MVC can ruin their lives and those of their loved ones.”

Mitchell Clionsky, Ph.D. ABPP-CN, Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology, and Emily Clionsky, MD, Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology

"A concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a disruption of brain function caused traumatically by a blow to the head or an acceleration/deceleration (whiplash) event in which there are subsequent changes in awareness, thinking ability, sensation, motor control, and emotion. Loss of consciousness or a blow to the head is not necessary to cause a concussion.


While concussions have received significant attention in the past 10-15 years in the context of contact sports, concussions are also very common in automobile collisions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that 17% of people in accidents suffer concussions. However, more than half of auto accident concussions are missed by ER doctors (Powell 2008) and a subsequent study (Cassidy, et. al, 2014) upgraded that estimate to 24%. The most recent research (Clionsky and Clionsky, 2017a and 2017b) finds that as many as 40% of auto accident patients suffer problems with memory and response time one to two weeks after the accident. In other words, accident concussions are much more common than has been thought and may be more common that sports concussions."

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