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Brain Injury: Often the Last Injury to Be Diagnosed
Medical experts will often say that a brain injury isn't always noticeable after an accident. In fact, there is a saying among doctors that a brain injury or closed head trauma is the first injury to occur in an accident but the last to be diagnosed. Most people think that brain damage always results in coma or paralysis. In fact, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be as subtle as a personality change or loss of motor skills or short-term memory. Often, the symptoms don't become evident to the victims family, friends or co-workers for many weeks or months following an accident.
There are three basic elements to watch for symptoms of a brain injury:
- Cognitive: The victim may display an inability to understand simple instructions or forget how to handle easy tasks. Loss of short-term and long-term memory are things to watch for.
- Physical: Brain damage can result in a breakdown of organs and bodily functions. It can also lead to visible signs such as limping and other loss of mobility. In addition, brain injury victims often experience loss of eyesight and hearing as a symptom of nerve damage.
Personality: Victims of serious concussion and brain injury may become withdrawn or exhibit unusual changes in personality, often becoming quick to anger or displaying frustration because of the loss of cognitive ability.
Concussion After a Motor Vehicle Accident
Approximately 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year in the United States. Three-fourths of these head injuries are categorized as minor TBI (mTBI), or concussion, which causes a temporary change in brain function including dizziness, shooting pain through the brain, irritability, and memory impairments. Falls and motor vehicle collisions are the cause of most cases of brain injury.
Signs and Symptoms of a concussion:
•· Loss of Consciousness
•· Foggy Brain
•· Shooting pain in the brain
•· Feelings of pressure in the head
•· Sharp pains in head
•· Slurred speech
•· Memory loss
•· Extreme fatigue
These symptoms may be subtle and may not be immediately apparent. Symptoms can last for days, weeks, or even longer.
Brain injuries can be particularly complex. Often the person who has suffered the brain damage is not aware of the true extent of their injury. They may know that they have memory problems or that they are not performing as they once did, but they may be unaware of personality changes or the extent of any cognitive difficulties.
Brain injuries may or may not result in permanent disability. With therapy, a person may have substantial recovery, but the process can take months or years. When seeking compensation, it will be important not to settle too soon, before the full cost of the injury is known.
Some symptoms of concussions or brain injury may be delayed by hours or days after injury, including:
•· Sleep disturbances
•· Personality changes
•· Inability to concentrate
•· Memory complaints
•· Sensitivity to noise and light
•· Disorders of smell and taste
Brain Injury Claims Are Often Questioned In Court
If you or a loved one has recently suffered a head injury in an accident, get checked out by a qualified medical specialist. If you are concerned about brain injury, talk to a West Virginia brain injury attorney at the Robinette Legal Group to discuss possible legal action to pursue compensation for the medical treatment, financial losses and lifetime of care. As former insurance defense attorneys, we know how easy it is for insurance companies to claim the victim isn't really suffering the effects of brain damage.
Our Morgantown TBI lawyers have experience representing clients in significant brain injury claims. We know what juries will be looking for in the way of evidence to prove your case. Our firm offers the professional and independent resources to handle the medical complexities of serious brain injury cases.
Contact a Morgantown TBI Attorney
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