The Hidden Dangers of Mild TBI

tbiA traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the head caused by a blow, jolt, or penetrating injury that results in a disruption of normal brain function. TBI is an incredibly common type of injury that afflicts about 2 million people each year. However, most TBIs are generally mild and often go untreated or undetected since they may not present any alarming symptoms right away. Left untreated, a mild TBI may actually become quite serious, resulting in further brain damage, disability, and possibly death.

Some of the most common symptoms associated with a mild TBI are:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Ringing in ears
  • Headache
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Nausea

These symptoms are usually experienced in the immediate aftermath of a TBI. There are additional delayed symptoms that may occur following a mild TBI, which are often more serious and may indicate long-term brain damage. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines

An untreated and undetected TBI may also increase the risk one has of developing diseases that affect brain functions, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Unfortunately, because these injuries often go unnoticed, someone suffering from the long-term side effects of a mild TBI may feel that the delayed symptoms of persistent cognitive or social difficulties are without explanation. They might not be able to connect what they thought was a minor bump to the head to the difficulties they are facing. Additionally, even those who seek help for mild TBI may not receive adequate treatment from health care professionals.

At Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner, we have a team of well-trained brain injury lawyers in Richmond who have secured some of the largest verdicts in the state. If your injury was caused by negligence from medical malpractice, an auto accident, or tractor-trailer accident, turn to us to see how we can help. Call for a free consultation today at 888-337-0477.


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