According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS),1 traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are classified in three major ways: mild, moderate, or severe. Mild TBIs are generally the most common and include concussions,2 which are perhaps the most well-known type of TBI. Even the slightest bump to the head can result in a concussion or another type of mild TBI if it damages the delicate brain tissue under your skull.
While such injuries are referred to as “mild” for diagnostic purposes, it does not mean that patients should not be concerned and take care to follow all instructions from medical professionals. Mild TBIs can have many types of symptoms and complications can develop that can worsen your condition. For this reason, any degree of brain injury needs medical attention.
Effects and Complications of Mild Brain Injury
Individuals who sustain a mild TBI can experience symptoms immediately or gradually over the next few hours or days. These symptoms may clear up in a matter of days with proper rest, however, some patients experience symptoms that may persist for weeks following the initial trauma. Some of these symptoms include:
-Difficulty with concentration and focus
-Sound and light sensitivity
-Sleep disruption and fatigue
-Mood disorders including anxiety and depression
-Cognitive processing delays or challenges
-Problems with balance
In addition, while a person is recovering from a concussion, their brains are at a high risk of being injured again. If a person with a mild TBI is not diagnosed properly and participates in risky activities including sports, they are in danger of sustaining a subsequent brain injury. Subsequent brain injuries before the first one has healed can have significantly more serious effects, some of which may be life-threatening.
For the above reasons, you should always take a mild TBI very seriously. You may need more medical attention than you first imagined and may lose income from missing work while you recover. If another person caused your injury, it is important to know your rights to recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and other related losses.
Call an Indianapolis Brain Injury Lawyer for Help
At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many brain injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced brain injury attorney handling your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.