The moments following an accident are confusing. Whether you slipped and fell or were struck by a vehicle, it can be difficult to fully assess how you’re feeling while the adrenaline is still pumping. We’ve talked before about always seeking medical attention following an accident to avoid complications from “invisible” soft-tissue injuries. This advice is also important in the case of head injuries, even seemingly minor ones.
A third of all concussions are missed in the ER, with some often not detected with an MRI or CT scan. These concussions are classified as “mild” traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These “mild TBI’s” can disrupt your life, with symptoms lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months following the injury. These symptoms include:
- Fatigue, at times extreme
- Headaches and dizziness
- Chronic pain
- Trouble with vision and concentration
- Changes in mood
- Anxiety and depression
- Memory problems
- Disruption of sleep
If these symptoms begin days or weeks following an injury, the injury could have caused post-concussion syndrome. Not everyone develops post-concussion syndrome. This, along with its delayed onset, makes diagnosis even more challenging. Unfortunately, this is fuel for insurance companies and negligent parties to claim they aren’t at fault for an injury, since it didn’t appear right away.
This is why it is important to quickly act and get the right help. Seeking medical attention immediately is crucial to proving your injury exists. This action lays the groundwork for future care should you need it, as well as allowing you to seek compensation for lost income, medical bills, and change in lifestyle that resulted from an accident caused by negligence.
“But it’s already too late for me to prove it!” you might say. Even if some time has passed since the accident but you’re still experiencing constant fatigue, blurry vision, headaches, nausea, mood swings, memory and/or concentration problems, you may be still suffering from a mild TBI and/or post-concussion syndrome. Contact Bellah Perez, PLLC as soon as possible to know your rights.
“Mild” or “minor” injuries are still injuries, and pain is still pain, whether delayed or felt straightaway. The traumatic brain injury attorneys at Bellah Perez, PLLC will get you the proper care, compensation, and validation you deserve, following an accident. Contact our personal injury lawyers today: (602) 252-9937.
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