Do you suspect that your loved one has suffered from a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
More often than not, mild TBIs are detected not by sophisticated MRI scans or CT scans, but by family members who begin to notice subtle changes in their loved one’s behavior. Precisely because mild TBIs are difficult to detect, this condition tends to only catch’s someone’s attention when behavioral changes or severe effects become undeniable.
Most, if not all, cases of mild TBIs are not accompanied by external physical damage such as skull fractures. Moreover, symptoms can range from dizziness to drastic changes in personality or mood, which can make immediate detection doubly difficult.
If your husband or child has been involved in a vehicular accident or collision, suffered a slip-and-fall injury, became the victim of a violent attack or an assault, or sustained a sports injury, you may need to have them checked for TBI. Unlike typical injury cases, TBI cases need a specialized approach as this complex condition may be difficult to prove in a court or to your insurance company until your loved one has already been severely affected.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
As mentioned, mild TBI can be rather difficult to detect. While it is standard procedure to get checked by medical personnel when one is involved in a vehicular collision, assault, or other events that have resulted in injuries, mild TBIs could be missed despite physical examinations or even scans. Thus, being aware of its symptoms can help your loved one get the medical care and attention they need to mitigate the severity of its effects.
Here are some symptoms of TBI that you should take note of:
- Memory loss
- Balance issues
- Frequent loss of consciousness
- Sudden behavioral or mood changes
Keep in mind that some symptoms can be noticed immediately, but others might take longer to surface. Work with DRZ Law so you’ll know what steps to take if ever your child or husband has suffered from a TBI.
Long-Term Effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Regardless of whether your loved one has suffered from a single TBI or repetitive injuries, changes and effects can last from just a few weeks to several years.
Because the brain controls most of the body’s functions, the effects of even just a single TBI can spread throughout multiple systems, leaving a long-lasting impact on an individual’s physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being. It is, therefore, important to understand the long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury so that your loved one can receive proper treatment.
Here are some long-term effects of a mild traumatic brain injury:
- Chronic headaches, migraines, and frequent dizziness: Since the brain is the part of the body that has sustained damage, the most common chronic effects are headaches, migraines, and constant dizziness.
- Sensitivity to light and noise: Sensory issues such as ultra-sensitivity to light and noise can also be experienced by those who have mild TBI.
- Vision problems: Aside from sensitivity to light,other challenges TBI sufferers face include double vision, blurry vision, or difficulty focusing. Vision problems can lead to having difficulty or the inability to drive or read signs from afar, further increasing an individual’s risk of experiencing accidents.
- Mental and emotional fatigue: Mental fatigue and emotional fatigue often go hand in hand. Those with mild TBI may have a hard time concentrating or tend to often forget things, names, and even experiences. This can lead to frustration and, eventually, emotional fatigue. In some cases, the severity of this effect can be such that individuals may suffer from depression or are at risk of committing suicide. Others may also experience insomnia due to both mental and emotional fatigue.
- Neurodegenerative issues: Individuals with mild TBI have a higher likelihood of suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other psychological complications post-injury.
- Reduced quality of life: Those with mild TBI may experience an overall decrease in their quality of life as they tend to reduce their participation in social activities. Due to the other issues mentioned above, individuals with mild TBI may also find it hard to return to work or secure long-term employment. Behavioral changes may also negatively affect their relationships, further leading to a reduced quality of life and social isolation.
Though treatment and rehabilitation are possible, this can be difficult for you to manage if your loved ones don’t get the financial support they need.
Let DRZ Law Help
TBI can dramatically change not only the injured person’s life but also the lives of those around them. Though you might feel alone and helpless in this situation, trust that the experts at DRZ Law can help you and your loved ones get the justice and compensation you deserve. Give your loved ones the care they need and work with DRZ Law so your family can get your due compensation.
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