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Detecting the Symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

When you hear people talking about a concussion, they are actually discussing a mild traumatic brain injury. People can get desensitized about mild traumatic brain injuries because they are discussed frequently as part of regular sports discussions. But even the major sports leagues have accepted the notion that concussions are serious business and deserve to be treated as such.

It is not uncommon for people to go days, weeks, months or even years with a mild traumatic brain injury and not get treatment. The longer the condition goes without treatment, the worse the effects can become. Some of the more common causes of a mild traumatic brain injury include:

  • Car fender benders
  • Sudden stops in a car
  • Falling down stairs
  • Slipping on ice

The misconception that people have about mild traumatic brain injuries is that there has to be a violent impact to the head for there to be damage. A concussion occurs when the brain suddenly shifts and experiences damage as a result of that shift. You can experience a concussion without ever receiving a blow to the head. This is one of the reasons why so many cases of mild traumatic brain injury go undiagnosed.

There are also other cases where the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury do not start to show up until a significant amount of time has passed. People who get in car fender benders may not start feeling mild TBI symptoms until days later. Because of the delay in the symptoms, people will often not seek out medical assistance.

If you have been in an accident or had a personal injury, you may experience a mild traumatic brain injury. The symptoms to look for include:

  • Persistent headaches that intensify
  • Unexplained instances of vertigo or loss of balance that can result in nausea
  • A lack of concentration
  • Unexplained but persistent mood swings
  • Loss of energy coupled with an inability to sleep
  • A sudden and persistent sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises

Remember that these symptoms can be delayed and not show up for days. In some cases, the initial onset of these symptoms can be so subtle that people often ignore them. If you have been in an accident and start to experience these symptoms in any form, then it is important to get checked out by your doctor immediately.

You should also have your lawyer log instances of these symptoms and chronicle any treatments that you have as a result. When it comes to a personal injury accident, it is important to attend to every detail and make sure that you always get the treatment you need and the legal assistance you deserve.


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