Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Mild Head Injury

Posted on October 28, 2014 by

People often ignore a blow to the head, particularly when there are no external signs of injury such as a bruise or open wound. Unfortunately, the force applied against your head may have already caused some damage to your brain that can lead to more long-term problems.

In the United States, an estimated 1.5 million people experience a traumatic brain injury every year. 50,000 die from traumatic brain injuries while approximately 80,000 survivors of brain injury experience long-term disabilities.

Preventive measures, such as wearing protective head gear and helmets and using seat belts, can minimize injuries. Depending on the severity of trauma, you may still need to spend a sizeable sum of money for emergency treatment, hospitalization, medication, rehabilitation, therapy and home care. If you suffer brain injury as a result of another person’s negligence, your Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can help you bring a claim for damages against the person at fault.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

75% of traumatic brain injuries in the United States are mild, exhibiting symptoms such as:

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Impaired consciousness
  • Loss of consciousness for not more than 30 minutes
  • Seizures following head injury
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration

Children and elderly males appear to be most at risk. Slip and falls and automobile accidents are the leading causes of traumatic brain injury in the U.S., followed by assault and collisions with a moving or stationary object.

A traumatic brain injury, even a mild one, can create a heavy financial burden on patients and their families. In addition to hospital and medical bills, those affected can suffer economic losses in terms of lost productivity and lost earnings. The injury can also lead to cognitive problems affecting memory and learning capacity and lead to emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety and aggression. It is also possible for the brain injury to manifest other symptoms after a period of time as brain injuries are linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Given the wide range of health problems that are associated with it, a mild traumatic brain injury may not be so mild after all. You will need prompt medical attention, ongoing care and plenty of rest in order to heal completely.

Avoiding stress after the injury also helps with recovery. In Los Angeles, the Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter has the experience and dedication to bring your claim against the party at fault and their insurance company so you can focus on recuperating. Call us today for a free consultation on 310-276-1142.

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