Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a frequent result of automotive collisions, workplace accidents and other types of personal injury. TBIs are especially troubling because the ultimate effects of these injuries are not always immediately apparent and can manifest months or years after the initial accident or incident. Moreover, the medical and scientific community has yet to fully comprehend the various types of aftereffects TBIs can have.
There are few contexts in which the term circle the wagons seems more appropriate than when describing the typical reaction hospitals and other healthcare facilities have to the realizing that a mistake may have been made. Although some doctors are compelled by personal ethics to be upfront with patients and their families about mistakes, others take immediate steps to obscure the truth, even going so far as to encourage colleagues with knowledge of the situation to keep quiet.