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Don’t Ignore Mild Symptoms When it Comes to Brain Injuries

April 2, 2020

Severe brain injuries are often obvious – the victim lost consciousness for a period of time, is experiencing significant memory loss, and may be having difficulty performing basic life functions. However, many less severe brain injuries go undiagnosed or are diagnosed much later than they should be. Brain injuries can result in life-long disabilities that can make it difficult to work or take care of your family and may require expensive medical treatment and extensive therapy to recover. If you believe that you have suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, a Billings brain injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. 

Brain Injuries Are More Common Than You Think 

In recent years, we have come to recognize that brain injuries are more serious and more common than we previously believed. The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” The word “traumatic” causes some confusion, leading people to believe that we only need to worry about severe brain injuries. However, this is not the case – any disruption to the normal function of the brain qualifies as a traumatic brain injury. For example, a concussion sustained in a car accident would be considered a traumatic brain injury. 

What Symptoms Are You Experiencing?

Mild symptoms can be easy to dismiss. Victims may think their symptoms are the result of fatigue or they’re just “feeling off” that day. It’s not uncommon for victims to fail to make the connection between their symptoms and their accident. If you are experiencing any symptoms, it’s critical that you schedule an exam with your doctor as soon as possible, even if you previously thought you were uninjured. 

Brain injury symptoms can be physical, emotional, or intellectual. Here are some mild symptoms of a brain injury that victims often ignore: 

  • Persistent headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Irritability, sadness, anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Extraordinary fatigue 

Don’t ignore these symptoms, even if you’re not sure they are related to your accident. Listen to your body and get a thorough medical examination. 

What to Do if You Have Suffered a Brain Injury

First, you should follow your doctor’s orders. We know how hard it can be to stay in bed or not go to work, but your recovery is your first priority. Be certain to go to any follow-up appointments and follow all of the steps in your treatment plan. 

Second, you should consider speaking with a Billings brain injury lawyer. Most, if not all, injury attorneys offer a free initial consultation. They can help you understand your options, what expenses and other financial losses you may be facing, and what your claim may be worth. You are under no obligation to hire them, but speaking with them may help you determine whether or not you need to pursue a claim. 

Contact a Billings Brain Injury Lawyer 

Brain injuries are some of the most challenging injuries you can suffer. You need an experienced attorney who understands how to successfully pursue a claim. Billings brain injury lawyer Jim Ragain can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 406-651-8888 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a claim.