Mild traumatic brain injury occurs frequently in car accidents and is clinically defined as loss of consciousness of thirty minutes or less. The jerking of a head back and forth when a seat belted passenger is hit by another vehicle may even be enough to cause it. Unfortunately, brain CTs and MRIs rarely show any objective injury. Emergency room physicians and even family doctors may tell you that there is no sign of a head injury and you are probably fine.
However, approximately one out of every seven people with mild traumatic brain injury will have problems for a year or more. Short term issues include failure to be able to concentrate, headaches, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue.
Because of the lack of objective evidence on tests, both the short term and long term effects of mild traumatic brain injury are minimized by medical providers and insurance companies.
Given the likelihood that a mild traumatic brain injury will not be identified or treated medically, it is very important to ensure that your medical providers recognize the above symptoms as those of an ongoing traumatic brain injury.
There have been few studies of the long term effects of mild traumatic brain injury. A recent one conducted on 350,000 veterans found that those with mild traumatic brain injury were more than twice as likely to suffer from dementia later in life. While no similar long term studies have been conducted on car accident victims, the results are certainly very concerning.
If you are suffering from a mild or severe traumatic brain injury due to a car accident, call experienced personal injury attorney Merry Fountain today. 317-917-7873 or 1-888-242-4878 (HURT).