Traumatic brain injuries are notorious for their unpredictable nature and tremendous impact on victims’ lives and the lives of their loved ones.
While brain injuries can range in severity in much the same way as other types of injuries, all kinds of head trauma have the potential to disrupt daily life, require long recoveries, and raise concerns about the future risks of victims.
Our Austin personal injury lawyers at The Stewart Law Firm have extensive experience advocating on behalf of victims who suffered brain injuries in all types of accidents, including car accidents, workplace accidents, and more. Read on to learn more about traumatic brain injuries in Texas.
What is a Mild TBI?
Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a common form of TBI that occurs when blunt trauma or rapid acceleration or deceleration forces cause the brain to move within the skull.
The term “mild” is used to describe the initial trauma responsible for the injury, but it does not speak to how severe the consequences can be for victims.
Thus, all brain injury victims should obtain the evaluation and treatment they need, even if the initial trauma response doesn’t indicate severe damage.
Common symptoms of mild TBI for Texas victims
Mild traumatic brain injuries can considerably impact one’s quality of life.
That’s why it is critical for victims and their families to recognize some of the symptoms and warning signs accompanying head trauma.
When these symptoms arise, victims should speak to a doctor and seek appropriate treatment. These can include:
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Visual problems
- Difficulties with memory, attention, or concentration
- Difficulties sleeping
- Dizziness, nausea, and problems with balance
- Changes in mood, including irritability and depression
- Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth, or changes in the ability to smell
- Sensitivity to light or sound
It is important to note that brain injuries are highly unpredictable, and symptoms can manifest differently.
Timeline of Mild TBIs
Similar to how symptoms of mild TBI can manifest differently, the timeline can also be different for every individual.
Typically, cases of mild TBI are resolved in a few months. Some people may experience symptoms for longer than six months, and most will see them dissipate within a year.
Additionally, it can be difficult to properly diagnose mild TBI based on symptoms alone, which is why seeking a medical evaluation after experiencing head trauma is always essential.
Get the Help of a Texas TBI Lawyer
Suppose you or someone you love has recently suffered a head injury caused by the negligence of another. In that case, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation for your damages, which includes:
- Medical expenses (from seeking evaluations and treatment)
- Lost work wages
- Pain and suffering
Our Autin-based legal team has seen the impact brain injuries can have on victims firsthand, which is why we always encourage victims to seek a proper medical evaluation as soon as they can.
Getting a proper medical evaluation is critical to rule out more severe injuries and complications, including hemorrhaging of the brain and receiving medical monitoring and appropriate care.
Contact The Stewart Law Firm
If you or someone you love has recently experienced a head injury as the result of an accident, we strongly encourage you to seek a timely medical evaluation and to contact us to learn more about your legal rights.
The Stewart Law Firm can help you learn more about your rights, whether you might have a valid personal injury claim, and what we can do to guide you through the personal injury process during a free consultation. Place your confidence in our experienced Austin, Texas firm, and we will do everything we can to help you through this situation.