Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI or Concussion)
*Statistics on this page courtesy of the CDC website.
The term "Mild or Minor Traumatic Brain Injury" most often refers to what you and I normally call a concussion, but can refer to other closed head traumas. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1.5 million people suffer a brain injury every year, and brain injury contributes to almost one-third of all personal injury-related deaths. About 17% of brain injuries occur in auto accidents, but slip and fall accidents, assaults, and athletic activities are other common causes of brain injury.
Do not let the term "Mild" or "Minor" mislead you into thinking that these types of injuries are not serious, because they are. In many cases, the symptoms of a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury go unnoticed because there is often no visible sign of trauma; or if there is, it is nothing more than a small bump or bruise. If you suffer a mild brain injury, you may not even lose consciousness and you may be tempted to believe that you are as fine as you feel.
Call our office today to set up your free consultation 770-408-6364Symptoms of a Minor Traumatic Brain Injury
After any type of injury to the head, it is important to be thoroughly examined by a doctor, provide him or her with as much information about when, where and how you sustained your injury, and to be sure that your family, friends and other individuals who have contact with you know to be very observant of your behavior. Symptoms of a closed head injury may not be apparent to you, but they may be very obvious to others who know you. The symptoms of Minor or Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries are usually associated with changes in your behavior, thoughts, and feelings. Some of the common signs that a head or brain injury may have occurred include:
- Headaches (specifically if they do not go away or worsen over time)
- Changes in vision (blurred or double vision for example)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sleepiness, drowsiness or inability to be wakened
- Unequal pupils
- Memory loss (both short-term and long-term memory loss can be symptoms)
- Slurred speech or difficulty speaking
- Mood and personality changes (easily angered, inappropriate responses, etc.)
- Difficulties with motor control, weakness, numbness, or loss of coordination (dropping things, loss of balance, etc.)
It is difficult for most people to understand brain injuries and their lasting effects because there is so much about the brain and the way it works that doctors are still discovering. Different areas of the brain respond differently to trauma and no 2 brain injuries are exactly the same. The brain doesn't heal like the rest of the body and you shouldn't let yourself be fooled into a false sense of security if symptoms do not immediately manifest. Brain injuries, even those deemed as being mild, can last forever and have a pervasive impact on your way of life*.
* Atlanta area attorney Casey W. Stevens recently secured a 1.5 million dollar settlement for one of his clients who is suffering from the effects of a concussion caused by an accident.
In a best-case-scenario after a brain injury, your brain will heal over time and all brain functions will return to normal. Unfortunately, many brain injury cases don't turn out that way. Closed head injuries can leave a lifetime of symptoms like personality changes, emotional difficulties and depression. Memory, muscle control, logical thinking skills and speaking abilities are also frequently affected. An untreated brain injury may result in the need for in-home, around the clock assistance, financial assistance, and continued therapy.
If you or a loved one has experienced a head trauma, our North Georgia offices are here to help you navigate the personal injury claims process. These types of personal injury cases can be difficult to prove, but attorney Stevens has the best experience to represent you or your family members effectively.
Call our office today to set up your free consultation 770-408-6364