Of the millions of people who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, a substantial number sustain TBIs that can be classified as “mild.” Of the three classifications of TBI, “mild” is the least serious, with the other two classified as “moderate” or “severe,” according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. While this classification may cause one to believe that mild TBIs are not a serious medical issue, this is certainly not the case and any degree of TBI requires medical attention.
What Kinds Of Accidents Can Cause Mild TBI?
Almost any type of accident that could cause head trauma has the potential to cause a concussion or another form of mild TBI. In fact, many accidents that seem relatively minor and may not normally necessitate a medical evaluation can become serious by virtue of the fact that there was a head injury involved. Some examples of accidents that could result in a mild TBI include the following:
- Car accidents;
- Slip and falls;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Sports injuries; and
- Recreational accidents.
Because a mild TBI may not be obvious to people who are not medical professionals, anyone that has hit his or her head in an accident should undergo a thorough medical evaluation.
What are the Complications Associated with a Mild TBI?
People who sustain mild TBIs may experience significant complications that may persist for days or even weeks after the initial injury. In many cases, these issues prevent a person from being able to work and necessitate an extended period of rest. Some of the more common complications associated with mild traumatic brain injuries include dizziness, headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, irritability, anxiety, problems with concentration, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and mood disorders.
How can TBI Victims Protect their Legal Rights?
Fortunately for people who have sustained a mild TBI, there are certain steps they can take to protect their legal rights. Victims should be certain to undergo a medical evaluation in order to establish that their TBI was a result of their accident and to assess the extent of their injuries. In addition, if possible, anyone who has sustained a TBI in an accident should record as much information about the accident as they can. In many cases, taking photographs of the scene of the accident can help establish liability on the part of the at-fault person or party. Finally, because personal injury cases are subject to a strict statute of limitations, victims should contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident has occurred.
Contact a Washington, D.C. Brain Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Legal Options
If you have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury that you believe was caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional act, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as you can. A skilled lawyer can often help victims and patients obtain significant compensation for the losses they have incurred, including their medical expenses, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. To discuss your case with one of our Baltimore brain injury lawyers, call Brain Injury Counsel today.