MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IS A SERIOUS ISSUE AND DESERVES APPROPRIATE RECOMPENSE IN A PERSONAL INJURY ACTION
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- 21 September 2015
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People are injured in automobile collisions, store slip and fall accidents, and outdoor trip and fall incidents every day. Medical treatment alleviates the physical injuries over time but sometimes an injured person is left with other medical issues which go untreated, such as memory problems, or an inability to concentrate or retain information. Other accident symptoms such as irritability and depression go undiagnosed by a physician concentrating only on bodily injuries.
In any case where physical trauma has occurred and there is contact between the brain and skull in a violent or reverberating manner, brain injury must be considered, even if x-rays or CT scans show no observable head injury.
Many mild traumatic brain injuries occur from a minor blow to the head. For example, in a “whiplash” situation the neck is snapped back and forth, causing the brain to impact the inside of the skull. Even though resulting neck problems are treated successfully, the injured person may discover that certain psychological problems stemming from the accident go untreated, such as anxiety, impaired judgment, impulsive or inappropriate social behavior, and over reaction to social events.
That is why it is important, in a personal injury case, to work with an attorney who can have his client evaluated by both medical and psychological health care providers. Along with the orthopedist or general practitioner, a neurologist and psychologist can create an effective team for purposes of cataloging the nature and extent of the client’s physical and psychological injuries.
It is important to explore all aspects of an injured client’s changed conditions, physical, emotional, and psychological, in order to obtain fair and full compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.