“Hidden” Brain Injuries

When mild to moderate impact collisions happen on the road, some injuries are expected.  It is not uncommon for people to sustain injuries to the back and neck.  There is a also serious, often initially unnoticed injury that can occur from a seemingly “mild impact” collision.  A mild traumatic brain injury can often go undiagnosed after a collision because there is no outward sign of injury.  The victim’s life may change forever and he or she may never connect the changes to the auto collision.

     A victim of mild traumatic brain injury is one who has suffered any period of loss of consciousness, or loss of memory before or after the collision, or suffered an alter mental state, or experiences focal neurological deficits.  The injury can occur after being struck on the head or after the brain undergoing an acceleration/deceleration movement without direct external trauma to head.  Many mild traumatic brain injury victims do not realize they have a head injury because the damage was caused by the brain moving within the skull and not by the head being struck.

      Most victims of collision have other injuries that are perceived to be more acute or more serious.  They may be experience severe neck pain and spasms.  They may even have nerve pain radiating to their legs.  Those injuries will often over shadow a mild traumatic brain injury, at least initially.  When the victims acute injuries stabilize and the victims attempts to return to their normal daily routines, they symptoms of the mild traumatic brain injury become more apparent.

      The symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury can be very persistent and include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, sleep disturbance, quickness to fatigue, lethargy, concentration problems, memory loss, speech or language problems, irritability, quickness to anger, and other behavioral changes.

      It is important for victims of auto collision to explain all their symptoms to their health care providers even if they do not relate a particular symptom to the collision.  Many victims of mild traumatic brain injury will settle their injury claim with the insurance company before they even realize their memory loss or mood swings are a result of the collision.  As a result, they are compensated for a few thousand dollars of medical bills for treating a sore neck but they are stuck with a cognitive disability that will impact their employment and social life for years, maybe forever.

If you have suffered a brain injury due to negligence, please call Sadler Ladenburg today to learn about your rights and options.

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