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The m-TBI Misnomer – Why Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Never “Mild”

Our brains are complex, mysterious, and vital to our well-being. No trauma to your head should be overlooked as any blow to the head can result in injury or damage to your brain. A concussion or so-called “mild” traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) is typically classified as mild when there is a loss of consciousness for 30 minutes or less resulting from a forceful motion or impact to the head. Mild TBIs are referred to as mild because typically the brain scans of those suffering from these injuries are normal. However, even when classed as “mild,” traumatic brain injuries and the resulting symptoms can be devastating for the injured person and their family members.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

A so-called mild TBI may include an array of symptoms that differ drastically from person to person. Those symptoms may include a period of disorientation or confusion, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, drowsiness, problems with speech, difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual, dizziness, loss of balance, sensory problems (light and/or noise sensitivity), memory or concentration problems, mood changes, and depression or anxiety. Each of these symptoms has the ability to affect an injured person’s daily life and prevent them from partaking in normal day-to-day activities.

Long Term Effects

Between 5% and 25% of people with mild TBIs experience symptoms and deficits that last longer than a year after the event and many find that they are seriously disruptive to their lives. Mild TBI sufferers have been known to endure recurrent migraines and light sensitivity for up to a year following the impact. The injured person may experience insomnia and therefore suffer from daytime drowsiness. Cognitive impairments may have an effect on the sufferer’s learning, memory, and decision making. Possibly the most alarming consequence of mild TBI are the psychological impacts. Because the brain controls our emotions, someone with a mild TBI may suffer from depression and anxiety and even find that they are not in control of their moods and feelings. This can significantly impact a person’s relationships with friends and family members.

Financial Impact

A mild TBI can have a severe financial impact on those suffering. Even though many victims of a mild traumatic brain injuries will eventually recover their full quality of life, for those treated for their injuries there will be medical expenses including emergency room treatment costs, as well as the cost of long-term care and prescription drugs. In addition to their medical treatment, cognitive impairments and emotional disturbances can cause the injured person to miss significant periods of work and may even prevent them from returning to their former career causing a permanent reduction in income.

Compensation

If you have suffered from a mild TBI in a car accident or slip and fall due to the negligence of another individual, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact Aaron House 816-875-4260 if you have injured due to another person’s negligence and would like to discuss your claim with an experienced and compassionate attorney.

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