Any time a person experiences a car accident or some other kind of injury or accident, it is important to seek out medical attention as soon as possible. All injuries require attention, but especially any blow to the head, which may produce mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
TBIs are difficult to identify and are often devastating if left untreated. Our brains are actually very fragile, breakable organs, and a blow to the head can injure the brain in surprising ways. In some ways, a mild TBI can prove even more devastating in the long run than a moderate injury with more severe immediate symptoms. Many of the most serious dangers surrounding mild TBIs revolve around just how invisible the injuries can be until the damage is already done -- often to the victim's personal and professional relationships.
If you or someone you love recently suffered a blow to the head, or experienced a car accident that resulted in injuries, one thing to consider is filing a personal injury suit to compensate you for your medical costs and other losses. An experienced personal injury attorney is an excellent resource for guidance as you build your claim, ensuring that you understand your rights and the laws you can use to protect them.
Symptoms of a mild TBI
Mild TBIs may present many symptoms, depending on the nature of the injury and individual who receives it. In some cases, the symptoms may be quite obvious, like seizures, nausea or prolonged headaches. However, some of the most destructive symptoms are more subtle.
For instance, a person who suffers a mild TBI may suddenly find that certain tasks that were easy or familiar to perform before the injury are far more difficult, or even impossible. Also, the victim may find that he or she suddenly has little or no control over outbursts of frustration or temper tantrums. These behaviors can be very upsetting or destructive in the workplace, and if the victim's coworkers and employer do not understand the nature of the injury, it could quickly cost the victim a job.
An injured brain also often has difficulty understanding context in written passages and in conversation. While the victim may fully understand each word of a given sentence, he or she may infer something far different than the writer or person speaking intended. Constant miscommunication is another factor that frequently leads to unemployment if the victim does not make it clear to those around and to superiors that he or she is suffering a very real injury that requires serious rehabilitation.
Keep you rights and future protected
If you suffer a from a mild TBI, you have great deal of work to do as you recover. Do not suffer needlessly through this process without help, should you need it. An experienced attorney can represent your interests while you work to overcome your injury and return to your old self.