brain injuries, such as concussions, may not seem too serious, but they should still
be treated as if they are. Without appropriate medical attention, it can
be extremely difficult to judge the severity of a brain injury. Taking
mild injuries seriously can ensure the victim receives proper diagnosis
and care for their injury.
Brain injuries deserve special considerations for a number of reasons.
The brain does not have pain receptors like the rest of the body, so the
person may not feel the extent of the injury. Collateral pain from the
accident may not be as severe as the injury truly is, and may trick the
victim into thinking the injury isn’t serious. It is important to
seek medical attention after a brain injury to ensure it is treated appropriately
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may not always show up immediately
or may not appear alarming at first. Headaches or irritability can easily
be dismissed, and don’t reveal the severity of the injury. Seizures
may cause concern, but they may not happen immediately after the injury.
It may take days or weeks for some symptoms to manifest, and by then,
irreversible damage may have occurred.
Many people hold misconceptions about traumatic brain injuries that can
also cause them to mistake a serious injury for a mild one. One such myth
is that a victim must “black out” or lose consciousness to
have a concussion. Many concussion victims do not lose consciousness,
and may not seek medical treatment after as a result. Direct blows to
the head are not the only way to sustain a brain injury. Sudden movements,
such as whiplash, and lack of oxygen can also damage the brain.
Many people who suffer a traumatic brain injury fail to seek medical care
after an accident because they do not know how serious their injury really
is. It may not be clear if they actually suffered an injury due to misconceptions
or a lack of symptoms. Untreated TBIs can grow worse with time, which
means it is critical to be examined by a doctor after an accident. If
an accident involves physical trauma to the head or neck, or the victim
was deprived of oxygen for any period of time, it is crucial to see a
doctor immediately. They will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis
and begin treatment to prevent the injury from becoming more severe. All
brain injuries, no matter how mild they seem, should be taken seriously.
Traumatic brain injuries can be life-changing. If you or someone you love
has been diagnosed with a brain injury following an accident, you may
be able to receive compensation. Our
Denver personal injury attorneys are experienced with cases involving brain injuries and can help you.
Contact Jordan Law today to schedule your
free case evaluation.