A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs after a blow or jolt to the head. Any accident that involves blunt force trauma to the head, such as a car accident, sports accident, or something similar, may result in a TBI.
When most people think of a TBI, they may picture a serious head injury that involves decades of rehabilitative care. However, TBIs can be much more subtle and even at times “invisible.”
The Invisible Injury
A TBI is also known as an “invisible injury” because it’s often difficult to detect, even on modern imaging equipment. Additionally, the symptoms of a TBI may not present for days, weeks, or months after an accident.
This does not mean, however, that the long-term implications of a milder TBI are not serious. In fact, many symptoms of a mild TBI last the remainder of a victim’s life, particularly if the victim experienced a delay in their diagnosis.
Concussions are often referred to as a mild TBI. The symptoms of such an injury include the following:
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed or confused
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Dizziness or loss of balance
Suspect a TBI? We’re Here to Help
It’s in your best interest to schedule a doctor’s appointment after an accident in which your head experienced blunt force trauma, even if you do not feel any current symptoms.
Additionally, working with one of our Austin personal injury attorneys can increase your chances of recovering just compensation from any and all liable parties. This will help you down the line if you have to undergo extensive medical treatment or miss large amounts of time at work.
Contact The Stewart Law Firm today at (512) 271-5112 to schedule a consultation with our team.