After victims suffer a mild brain injury, they may not realize for some time that they actually face a serious recovery. Unlike many other injuries, mild brain injuries may not begin causing problems for days or even weeks after the injury occurs, making them difficult to diagnose and treat, often until the victim suffers significant avoidable losses.
In great part, this is because brain injuries may affect such a broad range of the victims’ personal and professional lives that by the time a victim and his or her medical care providers identify and treat the injury, its impact on the victim’s interactions with others has already taken a great toll.
This is particularly true for individuals whose careers or personal relationships involve a great deal of communication with colleagues and family or community members. If you believe that you suffer from a mild brain injury, don’t hesitate to seek professional medical care as soon as you can. The sooner that you identify any injury adversely affecting you, the easier it is to do damage control in your personal and professional life and protect your rights and interests.
Although a mild traumatic brain injury may cause many different types of symptoms depending on the severity of the injury and the area of the brain it affects, some symptoms occur commonly among most victims, including an inability to concentrate on familiar or simple tasks. Often when a victim faces this difficulty, he or she also experiences problems when responding to stress or disappointment, such as the inability to complete a task.
In many instances, the victim may boil over emotionally, spilling over surprisingly volatile behavior on those around them, often in ways that are well out of character for the victim. If the person on the receiving end of this behavior does not understand the seriousness of the victim’s injury, he or she may respond negatively, severing or significantly reducing the relationship with the victim.
After enough interactions with the victim, other people in his or her life may simply run out of patience and ostracize the victim from the social circle, family or workplace.
This is further complicated by another common symptom, which causes victims of mild brain injuries to scramble the connections between words they read or hear and the intended meaning of the speaker or writer.
A victim may misread a road sign as he or she passes it, or may have an important conversation with a coworker, family member, or employer and misunderstand the other party significantly, leading to frustrating miscommunications. After several of these interactions, an employer, friend or family member may choose to cut ties with the victim because it is too difficult to communicate with him or her.
The sooner that you seek a diagnosis from a professional medical care provider, the sooner you can begin rebuilding your life. If your injuries occurred because of someone else’s negligence or actions, consider a personal injury claim to cover your medical expenses and other losses.
These injuries can truly change your entire life for the worse if you do not address them directly and communicate your needs clearly to your employer and family members.