When we think about brain injuries, we often imagine a victim who either has amnesia and can't remember a family member, or else may envision a person who wakes up one day completely capable of playing an instrument or performing complex mathematical equations. In most instances, a blow to the head does not "unlock" special abilities in a victim — in fact, it is usually just the opposite.
The most common type of brain injury is a mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. They are so common, in fact, that many victims never realize that they suffered physical harm at all. Car accident victims, for instance, may not remember receiving a blow to the head, only to find days later that they constantly feel foggy-headed, or have ongoing headaches and nausea, among other things.
Even a mild TBI can produce huge changes in your personality and mental abilities, so you must seek professional medical care as soon as possible after any car accident, even if you do not think that it injured you. You may catch a brain injury or some other injury before it can harm you more, and may shorten the amount of time it takes to recover. Protecting your rights with medical care and a strong personal injury claim can help you focus on your recovery without the additional strain of worrying about how an injury may impact your income or how you'll pay for the medical treatment.
Victims experience many symptoms
If you did suffer a mild TBI, it may express itself in many ways, including
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Lost memories
- Obstructions in your vision
Such an injury may also affect your ability to focus on any task, both new tasks and those that you performed many times before the injury. In addition, when you fail to focus on the task, you may experience surprising outbursts of violent or angry behavior, even if this is uncommon for you.
Another very common symptom of mild TBIs is an inability to understand communication in its context. This may mean that you misinterpret a sign as you drive down the road and end up going the wrong direction, or it could mean that your coworker asks you to do something and you misunderstand the person, leading to an unnecessary conflict. Often, the issue is that you may understand the individual words that your read or hear, but do not pick up on their contextual, big-picture meaning.
Protecting your rights and your employment is huge concern if you suffer a mild TBI. Be sure to seek professional medical care as soon as you can and use the full strength of the law to pursue fair compensation from the responsible party if your injury is someone else's fault.