Following any injury, we are often prone to doing some self-diagnosis and evaluating whether or not we need to go to the doctor. Despite the old adage of “better safe than sorry,” many people engage in the habit of wondering if the effects of an injury are really worth the time, money, and hassle of visiting a doctor. Of course, some ailments beg to be addressed by a medical professional, but others seems like they can be solved with some rest, relaxation, and maybe a little headache medicine. However, in the case of a head injury, “better safe than sorry” proves true.
The Hidden Dangers of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries (or “TBI”), in their most mild form, are more commonly known as concussions. Concussions are relatively common injuries that are caused by an impact to the head, often resulting from car accidents or slip-and-fall incidents. While usually easily treatable, concussions may go unaddressed if a victim does not visit a doctor immediately. Even more severe forms of traumatic brain injuries, the signs and symptoms of harm may not appear until days or weeks after the initial impact.
If you suffer from head trauma that could potentially result in a traumatic brain injury — even if you do not have any symptoms — see a medical professional as soon as possible.
Long-Term Effects of Unaddressed Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries that are left untreated, even temporarily, can progress into a condition that will cause detrimental complications later in life: Memory issues, communication problems, trouble sleeping, changes in mood, and impaired motor function are all ailments that can result from a TBI, especially if the condition is not addressed promptly.
If your TBI was caused by the negligence of another person, delaying treatment can also negatively affect your ability to recover compensation. Seeing a medical provider should be your first priority — contacting The Law Office of Michael R. Green, PLLC should be your second.
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