In recent years, awareness about the devastating effects of traumatic brain injuries has increased. With the upcoming Will Smith movie, “Concussion,” the conversation is likely to ramp up again. Smith plays a doctor from California who found former NFL players were suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or disease of the brain.
When dealing with a traumatic brain injury, it is important to know that they can come in many forms. In some cases, the seriousness of the trauma that causes the accident provides no doubt about the cause of the resulting symptoms. For instance, when football players suffer severe blows to the head or motorists are involved in dangerous car accidents resulting in loss of consciousness, it may be clear that they suffered a brain injury.
In other cases, however, it may be more difficult to determine the cause of unusual symptoms. A mild traumatic brain injury is classified as “mild” based on the incident that caused the injury.
The symptoms, however, can be incredibly serious and life altering. Shortly after a mild traumatic brain injury, an individual may suffer from symptoms such as headaches, vomiting and vertigo. As time progresses after the initial injury, he or she may suffer from:
- Cognitive impairments, like difficulty concentrating
- Sensory issues, like ringing in the ears
- Sleep changes
- Anxiety and depression
Unfortunately, despite these serious symptoms, it can be difficult to obtain a diagnosis of a mild traumatic brain injury. Often, the tests used to detect brain injuries are not sensitive enough to find the damage suffered by the patient. In such situations, it can be difficult to get the help needed. Talking to a lawyer after a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a negligent third party can help make sure the injured person is protected.