When people suffer a blow to the head, they stand a pretty decent chance of suffering some form of brain injury, even if it is only a mild form. In some cases, extremely mild brain injuries may disorient individuals for a short time before they return to their previous levels of mental clarity.
A large percentage of those who receive blows to the head suffer some form of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), which may cause numerous symptoms that range from inconvenient to debilitating. If you recently suffered a blow to the head, you should prioritize seeking out professional medical treatment from an experienced attorney as soon as you can. You may avoid many of the frustrations of recovering from a mild TBI.
Should you confirm that you did suffer a mild TBI, you can consult with an experienced attorney to protect your rights during recovery and make sure that you fully understand all the issues at stake.
Symptoms and duration of mild TBIs
The term “mild TBI” may apply to a number of different injuries and symptoms, ranging from a mild concussion to a serious medical issue that may leave you impaired for much longer than you anticipated. Those who receive more severe diagnoses may suffer a coma or even die from the injury.
If you received any kind of blow to the head, you may have a mild TBI. In some cases, the symptoms associated with mild TBIs can last for a year if untreated, which is plenty of time for the symptoms to destroy your career and family life.
Mild TBIs may present many symptoms, including
- headaches that last for hours or days
- nausea and seizures
- a feeling of fog clouding your thoughts
- great difficulty performing tasks you previously completed with ease
- short temper
- difficulty communicating with others
- frequent misunderstanding of the things you read and hear spoken to you
- unexplained personality or preference changes
How should your employer respond to your injury?
Depending on the nature of your injury and whether or not you sustained it on the job, your employer bears a number of responsibilities to ensure that you receive proper care and ongoing treatment. You may even have opportunities to receive back pay for work you miss because of the injury.
Often, when it comes to employers, mild TBIs seem like an unconvincing story. Many employers do not truly understand how serious of an injury mild TBIs can be.
You may need help securing full compensation for your injuries and working with your employer to ensure that you receive all the benefits you deserve while you recover from your injury. An experienced attorney can help you fight for fair treatment for as long as you really need to recover.
Attorney Peter M. Goldberg is the founder of and managing partner at Goldberg & Weigand, LLP, and has been in private practice since 1986. He takes pride in the fact he deals directly with his clients on a daily basis working to get their cases resolved to the fullest extent of their rights. Peter practices personal injury law and workers compensation law in Massachusetts.