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Can You Spot the Symptoms of Mild TBI?

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 1-Mar-2017

Traumatic brain injuries are notorious for their unpredictable nature and for the tremendous impact they can have on the lives of victims and their loved ones. While brain injuries can range in severity in much the same way as other types of injuries, all types of head trauma have the potential to disrupt daily life, require long recoveries, and raise concerns about the future risks of victims.

Mild traumatic brain injuries are a common form of TBI that occur when there is blunt trauma or when rapid acceleration or deceleration forces cause the brain to move within the skull. The term “mild” is used to describe the initial trauma responsible for the injury, but it does not speak to how severe the consequences can be for victims. This is a critical misconception all brain injury victims should understand in order to obtain the evaluation and treatment they need.

At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, our Austin personal injury lawyers have extensive experience advocating on behalf of victims who suffered brain injuries in all types of accidents, including car accidents, workplace accidents, and more. If you or someone you love has recently experienced a head injury as the result of an accident, we strongly encourage you to seek a timely medical evaluation and to contact us to learn more about your legal rights.

Because mild traumatic brain injuries can have a considerable impact on one’s quality of life, it is critical for victims and their families to recognize some of the symptoms and warning signs that can accompany head trauma. When these symptoms arise, victims should speak to a doctor and seek appropriate treatment.

Common symptoms of mild TBI include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Visual problems
  • Difficulties with memory, attention, or concentration
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Dizziness, nausea, and difficulties with balance
  • Changes in mood, including irritability and depression
  • Seizures

It is important to note that brain injuries are highly unpredictable in nature, and symptoms can manifest differently among different people. The duration that a person can experience symptoms of a mild TBI can also range, but typically are resolved in a few months. Some people may experience symptoms for longer than six months, and most will see dissipate within a year. Additionally, it can be difficult to properly diagnose mild TBI based on symptoms alone, which is why seeking a medical evaluation after experiencing head trauma is always important.

Our legal team has seen the impact brain injuries can have on victims first hand, which is why we always encourage victims to seek a proper medical evaluation as soon as they can. This is critical to ruling out more severe injuries and complications, including hemorrhaging of the brain, and to receiving the medical monitoring and appropriate care.

If you or someone you love has recently suffered a head injury caused by the negligence of another, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation for your damages, which includes any medical expenses from seeking evaluations and treatment, lost work wages, your pain and suffering, and more. The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC can help you learn more about your rights, whether you might have a valid claim, and what we can do to guide you through the personal injury process during a free consultation.

Place your confidence in an experienced firm with a record of success fighting for the injured and the wronged throughout Austin and the state of Texas. Contact us to discuss your case.

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