How Do You Know if You Have a Mild Brain Injury?
The signs, symptoms, and effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can vary significantly from one victim to another. For this reason, there is no one method of determining whether or not an injured victim has sustained this type of injury. A mild TBI, such as a concussion, is often referred to as a “silent injury” because there are generally no outward or immediately identifiable signs of the injury. However, more severe TBIs may cause an injured victim to lose consciousness or even fall into a coma.
Diagnosis of a mild brain injury, on the other hand, generally requires certain procedures including MRIs, CAT scans, or other brain imaging tests. Therefore, seeking a medical evaluation as soon as possible is critical for any individual who suspects that he or she may have sustained a concussion or another type of mild TBI.
Did You Sustain a Blow to the Head?
A mild TBI can occur after several types of accidents that involve hitting your head. In fact, a concussion can occur even if you do not actually bump your head yet suffer a jolt that causes your brain to shake. The following accidents commonly cause TBI:
- Car and truck accidents;
- Bicycle and motorcycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Explosions or blasts; and
- Sports injuries.
If you have been involved in any type of accident, you should seek immediate medical assistance to assess possible injuries.
Do You Have Any Symptoms?
The symptoms of a mild TBI can be very different depending upon the location of the injury on the brain and the extent of the damage. Symptoms to look for include:
- Trouble with concentration and focus, communication, comprehension of information, or other cognitive challenges;
- Emotional or personality changes;
- Disorientation, memory lapses or confusion;
- Coordination or balance impairments;
- Sensory difficulties or interruptions; and
These are far from the only symptoms that may result from a brain injury and it is always a good idea to undergo an evaluation even if you do not have any obvious symptoms. It can take days for symptoms to arise and it is important to receive a diagnosis and treatment recommendations as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary complications.
An Experienced Green Bay Head Injury Attorney Can Help You
If you are diagnosed with any type of head or brain injury following an accident caused by another person, you should heed the advice of your doctors for treatment and should also contact a qualified Appleton brain injury lawyer or Green Bay personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., our legal team has helped many brain injury victims recover for their medical expenses, lost wages, disabilities and impairments. Please call us at 920-739-7366 to schedule a free consultation at one of our office locations in Appleton, Green Bay, New London, or Oshkosh today.