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What are the Symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

For sports fans and people who are familiar with the term, a mild traumatic brain injury (or mild TBI) is often referred to as a concussion.

The problem with concussions is that it can go undetected for a long time. If the doctor is not looking for concussion symptoms, then he or she may not detect the concussion initially. Accident victims need to understand that it does not take much to get a concussion. When the brain is moved suddenly inside the skull, damage can occur. There does not need to be direct trauma to the head for there to be a concussion, and most mild TBIs have no visible indications at all.

A good example of a situation where a mild TBI might have occurred would be a traffic accident where the participants appear to have no visible injuries. The sudden back and forth movement of the skull will cause a mild TBI that could go undiagnosed.

It is estimated that at least 15 percent of all mild TBI cases display symptoms for a year or more. These symptoms include:

  • Chronic headaches that may increase in severity over time
  • Mood swings that can go from complete happiness to severe depression almost instantly
  • An inability to concentrate on conversations
  • Loss of short or long-term memory
  • Persistent fatigue or a poor energy level resulting from an inability to sleep
  • Blurred vision that can either be persistent or intermittent
  • Sensitivity to sunlight or other bright sources of light
  • Nausea and vomiting that could come from persistent bouts of vertigo
  • Seizures in more severe cases

If you have been involved in any kind of accident, you need to get checked out for mild TBI immediately. Be sure that you insist that the doctor check you thoroughly for a possible brain injury and that he or she runs tests that check your ability to focus on objects and utilize your short-term memory.

If your doctor does not find any initial symptoms of mild TBI, then schedule a follow-up appointment shortly thereafter just to be sure. If your symptoms do not show up immediately after the accident, then they could manifest themselves later on. Keep detailed notes and records of your mild TBI experience, which can be used by your lawyer if an insurance company should refuse to pay for treatment and compensate you for your mild TBI.

A mild TBI could remain with you for months and possibly years. You need the proper treatment in order to offset the effects of the symptoms. Do not ignore the symptoms of mild TBI and do not allow your insurance company to ignore them either.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com. To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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