There is a spectrum of brain injuries, from mild traumatic brain injuries to severe traumatic brain injuries. No doubt, severe traumatic brain injuries affect injured individuals for the rest of their lives. Many experience cognitive problems such as difficulty remembering new information, becoming confused easily when normal routines are changed, and/or their speech and language are impaired, i.e., unable to find the right words. As a result, they may need constant care and supervision.
However, individuals suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries may also be affected for the rest of their lives. Though their symptoms may not be as apparent or severe as individuals suffering from severe traumatic brain injuries, their brain injuries are not “mild” as the name suggests.
We have helped many individuals who suffered from mild traumatic brain injuries as a result of accidents such as fall accidents and car accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We know first-hand that the road to recovery for individuals with mild traumatic injuries is an arduous one. In fact, some never recover at all and must learn to cope with ongoing brain injury symptoms for the rest of their lives.
Some symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury include fatigue, depression, sensitivity to light and noise, and/or mood changes. Many of these symptoms are mistaken for temporary symptoms that will go away. An individual with a mild traumatic brain injury may appear to be like everyone else, i.e., they can engage and have conversations with others and no one would know that they have a brain injury. It is not until the individuals return to their normal routines and notice that they may have a mild traumatic brain injury. When they perform activities that require focus and concentration, they may not be able to do so because of the brain injury. They are no longer able to do things that came easily before. For instance, an accountant who suffers from a mild traumatic brain injury after a car accident in Philadelphia may not be able to return to his job after the accident. He may have difficulty focusing or even remembering how to perform his job.
Mild traumatic brain injuries are often not diagnosed immediately after auto accidents, sports accidents or other type of accidents. Therefore, it is important for individuals to seek proper medical attention when they or their family members notice any changes in behavior or cognitive abilities.
If you or a loved one suffered a mild traumatic brain injury due to someone’s fault, such as a car accident, call Daniel J. O’Brien, Esq. at White and Williams. Mr. O’Brien will work tirelessly and help you obtain the best result for your injury case in PA or NJ. FREE consultations - 877.944.8396.