As a result of a study of 434 injured children to be published in the February issue of Pediatrics, an Ontario researcher claims that the medical community should stop using the term “concussion” in favor of “mild traumatic brain injury. The study apparently revealed that children diagnosed with a concussion were sent home sooner from the hospital than those suffered head injuries “not given the concussion label.”

According to McMaster University lead researcher Carol DeMatteo:

If you call it a concussion, probably people are going to think its more mild, DeMatteo says, which is not necessarily the case. She says calling a concussion a “mild traumatic brain injury” would be more accurate and could help parents and teachers anticipate subsequent problems.

Dr. Karen Johnston, a Toronto neurosurgeon, agrees that that parents and doctors need to know that “a concussion is a brain injury each and every time,” but says that the word “mild” could in and of itself be misleading. Another Toronto brain doctor, Charles Tator, who agrees with Johnston, concedes that “‘you can still line up 20 doctors and you’ll bet 20 different opinions’ on what to call the old thump on the head.” However, each one constitutes a brain injury.

Apparently there is no universally accepted definition of a concussion in the medical community although the definition was significantly refined in a 2008 international conference in Zurich.

If you believe that you (or a family member regardless of their age) have sustained a traumatic brain injury, it is important to hire an experienced Virginia brain injury attorney. The Virginia brain injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. have the experience needed, and the requisite contacts with the best doctors in the area, to ensure you and your loved ones have the best representation possible. Call Toll Free 877-544–5323 for a no-obligation consultation.


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