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Why Mild Brain Injuries Should Still Be Taken Seriously

Mild 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 and quickly.

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.