When you experience a car accident, you may suffer a number of very serious injuries, some of which you may recognize easier than others. One of the most easily overlooked and dangerous injuries you can suffer is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Despite the name, mild TBIs can leave you seriously injured, and may affect you for up to a year. A mild TBI is not always easy to identify or diagnose, which often leads to insufficient treatment until after significant damage occurs.
If you suffered a blow to the head in your accident, or if you suddenly experience symptoms discussed here days or weeks after your accident, be sure to seek out proper medical attention from a medical professional.
Should you identify a mild TBI, you'll want to consult with an experienced attorney who understands how to examine the details of your injury to help ensure that your rights remain secure as you recover.
Many symptoms can add up to disaster
Among the reasons why doctors often find mild TBIs difficult to diagnose is the wide range of symptoms the injury can cause. Some symptoms are fairly obvious, even difficult to avoid.
A mild TBI may cause you to experience prolonged or ongoing headaches, or frequent nausea. In some cases, you may even suffer seizures. Of course, these are very clear signals of a serious injury.
Other symptoms are not as easily observed or quantified. However, when combined, these symptoms can still prove very destructive to your personal and professional lives.
You may experience general discomfort and fogginess in your thinking, and find that you cannot focus on tasks without irrational frustration. Furthermore, you may find that you frequently misunderstand colleagues, family and friends in your everyday conversations, often improperly interpreting things they say or do.
Mild TBIs often affect victims' language comprehension skills, both in written and spoken communication.
You may even find that certain aspects of your personality change in ways you cannot explain, often for the worse. This can create great tension in all of your relationships, especially if your injury is invisible to those around you.
When you consider that these symptoms can last for up to a year, it is easy to understand how a mild TBI can completely dismantle your career or personal life.
Get the help you need to recover
The first thing you must do if you experience any of these symptoms is get proper medical attention. Once you receive professional medical care, consider contacting an attorney to explore your options for pursuing fair compensation for your injuries.