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How can you tell if you may have suffered a mild TBI?

You probably didn't see the impact coming. By the time you realize that you were in an accident, it may be over. During the impact, however, your head may have struck something inside the vehicle as it shook violently back and forth or side to side.

You may feel lucky that you walked away from the crash, but that doesn't mean you didn't suffer any injuries. Shock and adrenalin may prevent you from realizing that you suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. It may still be a good idea to have a doctor examine you as soon as possible after the accident.

The doctor may not find anything...the first visit

Even if you go to the emergency room, a doctor may not find any symptoms of a mild TBI in the immediate aftermath of the accident. Unless you know for sure you lost consciousness for even a few seconds or minutes, there may be no indication of TBI. Unfortunately, the following signs and symptoms may not manifest until days or weeks afterward:

  • Light-headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent headaches
  • Persistent neck pain
  • Loss of balance
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Confusion
  • Concentration issues
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Slow thinking
  • Mood changes
  • Slow speaking
  • Slow reading
  • Sleep changes
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to distractions
  • Tired eyes
  • Blurred vision

If you experience any of these symptoms, you may want to get back to the doctor as soon as you can. Once you have a diagnosis, you can begin treatment. Even a mild TBI can leave you with lasting effects that require you to make changes to your daily life. Those changes could even interfere with your ability to do your job and enjoy activities you took part in before the accident.

You may be able to pursue compensation

If the evidence indicates that the other driver caused the accident and, subsequently, your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim, seeking compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other damages.

A word of caution, however. TBI is one of the most challenging injuries to prove in a personal injury claim. It may be worth your while to obtain a thorough understanding of your rights and legal options, a complete evaluation of your case and assistance in gathering the appropriate evidence of your injuries to present to the court.

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