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Symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

By Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP. posted in Medical Malpractice on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, 50,000 people in the United States meet fatal ends due to traumatic brain injuries. 235,000 people are hospitalized for such injuries and 1.1 million people receive treatment and are released from hospital emergency departments.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, 50,000 people in the United States meet fatal ends due to traumatic brain injuries. 235,000 people are hospitalized for such injuries and 1.1 million people receive treatment and are released from hospital emergency departments.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is commonly caused by falls. Concussions are classified as mild TBI. It is estimated that 3.6 million people in the US have concussions every year.

Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild TBI is known by other names such as:

  • Concussion
  • Minor head trauma
  • Minor head injury
  • Minor brain injury
  • Minor TBI

The signs and symptoms of mild TBI may include the following:

  • Headache
  • A short period of unconsciousness
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), blurred vision or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Loss of balance or dizziness
  • Sensitivity to sounds and light
  • Feelings of depression
  • Loss of smell
  • Inability to remember events immediately before and after the injury took place
  • Confusion
  • Moodiness
  • Memory problems
  • Problems focusing mentally
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Seizures

Mild TBI symptoms may not be noticed or present at the time of the injury. There may be a delay of days or weeks before the injured person experienced these symptoms. They are often subtle and are, in many cases, missed by the injured person, doctors, and family members.

The injured person often moves and looks normal inspite of not thinking or feeling normal. This makes it very easy to miss the diagnosis. Often, friends and family notice behavioral changes before the injured person realizes that there is a problem. Frustration while performing household chores or at work may be what brings the person to seek medical care.

Facts about Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild TBI is:

  • The most prevalent type of TBI
  • Often missed at the time of the initial injury
  • 15% of people who suffer from mild traumatic brain injury experience symptoms that last one year, and in some cases, more
  • Defined as the direct result of a forceful head motion or impact that causes a change in mental status (loss of memory, disorientation or confusion) or loss of consciousness for less than half an hour
  • Post injury symptoms are referred to in many cases as post concussive syndrome

If a doctor misses diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury, it may be a case of medical malpractice. There are legal actions that the injured person can take with the help of an attorney. Medical malpractice cases can be complex, so it is important to have an attorney with experience in this type of lawsuits.

You need legal help and you need it now!

If you or a loved one is injured due to the negligence of a doctor while diagnosing mild TBI, you should immediately seek the help of a stellar medical malpractice attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. The first meeting is free. We have things to discuss. What is your side of the story?

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