When a person suffers a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) he or she may experience a wide range of symptoms, but may not even know that a physical injury is to blame. Even a relatively minor blow to the head can potentially produce a mild TBI, which is often difficult to identify and diagnose precisely because it is not a more severe injury with more severe expressions of harm.
Some symptoms may cause significant physical pain or discomfort, such as headaches that never seem to go away, regular bouts of nausea or even the sudden onset of seizures in a victim who has not experienced seizures previously. These are painful and sometimes frightening symptoms to experience, they do at least present physical symptoms that may help identify the injury more easily. Not all symptoms of TBI’s are as useful in this way.
Other symptoms may include sudden changes in personality or cognitive function, where tasks that were once easy to complete or familiar to the victim are no longer possible, or may be so difficult that the victim grows irrationally angry. Furthermore, the victim may lose some ability to understand contextual meaning in text and in conversation, constantly misunderstanding passages of text or conversations with others. It is ease to see how these symptoms, if left undiagnosed, can ruin many personal and professional relationships.
If you or someone you love suffers from a mild TBI, be sure to seek out the medical attention that you need as soon as you can. You may have a long road to recovery ahead of you, but you do not have to travel it alone. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you assess the circumstances of your injury and identify any other parties that may hold liability. With professional legal counsel, you can focus on maintaining your relationships and recovering from the injury while the attorney pursues fair compensation for your losses and medical expenses, keeping your rights secure along the way.
Source: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, “What are common TBI symptoms?,” accessed March 09, 2018