Uncovering the Risks of Minor Traumatic Brain Injuries

Dealing with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the aftermath of a serious car collision or accident can be an extremely difficult task for victims, as well as their loved ones supporting them through recovery. As one of the most difficult and potentially life-altering injuries to overcome, traumatic brain injuries are complex to treat and require extensive medical care in order to plan and implement a viable treatment plan for the future. Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI) can be particularly difficult to treat, in part because they often go undetected after an accident due to the fact that symptoms can take days, or even weeks to appear.

At James H. Brown and Associates, we know firsthand just how traumatic and life-changing brain injuries can be, and are proud to work with you to make sure you have experienced personal injury representation when it matters most. Since 1993, our award-winning legal team has earned a proven record of success for brain injury cases and has helped our clients receive some of the largest motor vehicle accident injury settlements ever achieved in Alberta. We understand just how important it is to have access to quality care when it comes to healing from a TBI, and that’s why we’ll be here to support you every step of the way as you fight for your right to recovery.

Below, we’ll discuss some of the important facts and details you need to know about minor traumatic brain injuries, including what to look for in the days following a collision if you’re worried that you or your loved one may be experiencing one in the aftermath of an accident. Read on to learn more

What is a Minor Traumatic Brain Injury?

Brain injuries typically occur when the body experiences a significant, high-velocity impact that forces the brain to shift and collide with the skull internally. This sudden, violent contact can lead to nerve damage, hemorrhaging, skull fractures, brain bruising (concussions), and several other issues that may cause serious, long-term issues for victims. While one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries in car accidents, you can also get a TBI from pedestrian accidents, bicycle incidences, playing sports, and any other activity that leaves you vulnerable to forceful impacts. Brain injuries are typically categorized into three distinct categories:

Mild, moderate, and severe.

While moderate and severe cases are not uncommon, mild (which are still classified as a major injury) traumatic brain injuries can be particularly dangerous and damaging as they’re often far harder to detect in the immediate time frame following an accident. If you or your loved one have recently been in a collision or experienced a forceful impact, you could be at risk.

Identifying the Signs of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

As we’ve mentioned above, one of the most difficult parts of identifying an MBTI is that they aren’t always obvious right away. Oftentimes, an accident victim may go to their medical practitioner to address their more immediate and visible sources of pain (whiplash, bruising, broken bones, etc), missing the early signs of a brain injury in the process. This is why, as important as it is to see a medical practitioner as soon as possible following an accident, you need to keep track of any and all symptoms that may continue to develop in the days that follow. Should you notice something out of the ordinary, contact your doctor right away. Documenting your symptoms and receiving early treatment are two of the best ways to increase your chances of a full or substantial recovery, and the more diligent you are, the better your odds of support and settlement are.

Core symptoms of an MBTI can be grouped into two distinct categories: physical, and emotional/mental. Below is a brief list for each category. Bear in mind that by no means an exhaustive list, and if you notice anything out of the ordinary following a forceful fall or impact, it is best to air on the side of caution and seek help.

Physical symptoms of an MBTI include:
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Hyper awareness of aches and pains
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Balance issues
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Disrupted sleep habits
  • Issues swallowing or eating
  • Decreased/abnormal sex drive.
Mental and Emotional symptoms include:
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and/or paranoia
  • Disassociation
  • Difficulty understanding or moderating emotional responses
  • Excessive Anger
  • Memory loss
  • Poor recall, spelling issues, slower thought process and problem-solving
  • Difficulty focusing

If you or your loved ones display any of the symptoms above, contact your doctor or a medical professional as soon as possible.

Brain Injury Legal Support You Can Trust

Facing the realities of an MBTI can be incredibly overwhelming and daunting without the right help on your side. At James H. Brown and Associates, we believe that access to quality legal advice and getting the peace of mind you deserve after a traumatic incident should never be a struggle. Our team is here to fight on your side and give you the help you deserve as you focus on recovery. From extremely successful legal advice and guidance to connecting you with our extensive network of specialists and organizations throughout Alberta that provide valuable support, and our promise to receive payment only if your settlement claim is successful, you can count on James H. Brown and Associates to stand by your side through every step of the recovery process.

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