When a person experiences a blow to the head in a car accident, it is not always easy to diagnose just how serious the injury is, especially if the victim does not immediately recognize the injury even occurred. Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) include a wide range of injuries to the brain, and may express themselves through many different symptoms.
Unfortunately, many of these injuries seem less “real” to victims or their communities, because the injury is internal and does not affect each person in the same way. This can lead the victim’s family and colleagues to doubt the severity of the injury or suspect the victim is simply behaving immaturely.
In reality, these injuries may cause a number of serious changes in a victim’s cognitive abilities and personality, and may even feature physical symptoms such as ongoing headaches or even seizures.
If you believe that you or someone you love recently suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, be sure to seek out professional medical care as soon as you can. The sooner you diagnose and treat the injury properly, the sooner you can take control of the recovery and protect your rights.
Mild TBIs and the workplace
A mild TBI often clouds a victim’s thoughts or makes it very difficult for a victim to complete basic tasks that he or she easily accomplished before the injury. Many victims report that their thoughts feel foggy or disconnected, or may struggle to form fresh memories and remember short-term tasks. It is also very common for victims to experience serious anger management difficulties.
Some victims also experience confusion interpreting the words they read or hear spoken to them. While a victim may understand the individual meanings of words, he or she may struggle to understand the larger contextual meaning of a sentence or phrase, leading to frequent frustration and miscommunication.
If the victim’s employer does not properly understand the injury, this may quickly ruin the victim’s career. These symptoms may persist for up to a year without proper treatment, more than enough time to create conflict for the victim and everyone at his or her workplace.
Mild TBIs and family
Often, a mild TBI makes a victim very irritable and easily frustrated. This is destructive for any environment, but is particularly difficult for the family and close loved ones of the victim. If these individuals do not fully understand the nature of the injury, the symptoms may create irreparable damage in the victim’s most cherished relationships. Even when these wounds are repairable, it is always best for everyone involved to approach the situation healthfully.
Get the help you need to recover
After a mild TBI, you deserve to focus on your recovery. The guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney can help you, your family and your workplace navigate the diagnosis and treatment of your injuries.
With proper guidance, you can remain focused on your recovery and the relationships that matter most to you while your attorney keeps your priorities and rights protected.