If you have been in an accident, hopefully the injuries suffered are not major. When you are able to walk away with only minor cuts, bumps, and bruises after an accident, count yourself lucky. Not everyone has this experience though, and for some people the injuries sustained in an accident are serious and can be life changing. One of the most significant types of injuries to suffer in an accident is a brain injury. But, sometimes it can be difficult to detect a brain injury and to classify its level of severity. Initially, some injuries may appear insignificant, but later become severe. It is important to detect what type of brain injury you have early on in your examination, so the proper course of treatment can begin.
A minor brain injury can occur, and may happen more frequently than you might expect, but the term can be misleading. For example:
- The term “mild” only describes the initial trauma to the brain; it does not describe the long term consequences.
- With a “mild” injury, a CT or other type of scan may not show the damage, or the full extent of the damage.
- Due to the limitations of many medical tests, diagnosis often results on information provided by the victim.
If you have been in an accident and experienced dizziness, headaches, vomiting, lack of awareness, or nausea right away, you should tell the treating physician. This will give the medical care providers the information they need to perform further testing and provide treatment for head trauma. If it has been a while since the accident, and you are still treating with a physician; tell them if you have any anxiety, persistent headaches, ringing in the ears, or a lack of attentiveness. These can be symptoms of a brain injury and should not be ignored. It is important to receive all the treatment you deserve during your case, because once you finalize a case you are unable to go back and seek further damages. We will help you make sure you have not overlooked any of your injuries, and that you receive care that is complete.
If you have been in an accident and have questions about what type of treatment you need, call our office to find out what to do next and what to expect. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.