Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Have Long Term Impacts and Disability
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Following any Accident Can Have Long Term Impacts and Disability for Individuals: The symptoms that need to be recognized and reported right away
I have represented numerous individuals who sustained traumatic brain injuries due to the negligence of others whether it was due to a car crash, collision with a truck or large commercial vehicle or due to a fall.
Often, the injuries to the brain are referred to as “mild” traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, the term “mild” is a misnomer as the resulting damages and losses are far from mild. Nevertheless, insurance companies and defense attorneys use every trick in the book to deny or downplay the harms that can have life-long consequences. They hire doctors who make millions of dollars supporting the insurance companies’ denial of legitimate injuries. Here are some of the “facts” they point to in rendering an opinion that there was no brain injury or that the injury should have resolved in a matter of months:
There was no loss of consciousness.
Individuals who suffer brain injuries most often do not recall that they lost consciousness. Even a few seconds of lost consciousness is a sign of a brain injury. Remember and report the first thing you recall after the impact if you even remember the crash at all. If the first thing you remember is someone appearing at the door of your car, then you obviously lost consciousness but do not realize it. So do not deny loss of consciousness unless you know for sure that you did not. In addition, if there is any evidence that your head impacted anything, be sure to report that also.
Seek immediate medical attention by going to the emergency room.
If you suspect a brain injury, make sure you give an accurate description following the advice above. Ask the nurse, physician’s assistant, or the doctor to record your complaints accurately. In today’s world of checklists and inaccurate notes, medical personnel overlook these symptoms.
Follow up as soon as possible with a brain injury specialist. Ask your treating family physician for a referral to one or contact a neurologist.
In the days following a brain injury you may suffer from headaches, nausea, and fatigue among other symptoms. Be sure to follow up with your family doctor or neurologist to record these complaints. Otherwise, defense attorneys and insurance companies will deny they ever existed.
Follow up with all recommended treatment or specialists to whom you are referred.
There are many treatments that can alleviate the results of traumatic brain injury and you must follow up on any recommended treatment. Too often, victims of traumatic brain injury believe that the problems are not severe or will just go away with time. That may be true in most cases. However, if you fail to treat for your brain injuries, you may be doing more harm to yourself and hurting your chances of obtaining justice for the true harms and losses that you sustained.
Do not exaggerate. Remember what Mark Twain said: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
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