Do I Have a Concussion? Common Symptoms of a Mild TBI

A traumatic brain injury (TBI), comes in many forms. This type of injury ranges from mild to catastrophic, and it is a costly, long-term injury that could affect you for the rest of your life. Sadly, most people will suffer a mild TBI and have no idea that they have because they are unaware of the common symptoms of a mild TBI. Without proper treatment, another accident could force a mild injury into a severe traumatic brain injury.

What is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

Do not assume that a traumatic brain injury is something catastrophic. A concussion is a form of a traumatic brain injury.

Typically, you recover from a mild TBI relatively quickly. However, the symptoms might last for days or even weeks. Also, the older you are, the longer your mild trauma will affect you. You might miss work, have many doctor’s expenses, and extreme pain.

Symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Visual issues
  • Memory loss
  • Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Seizures
  • Depression or unexplained anxiety
  • Dizziness and loss of balance
  • Irritability
  • Sleep issues
  • Nausea
  • Loss of smell
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Mood changes
  • Getting lost or confused easily

Note that you do not have to lose consciousness to have a mild concussion. However, there are instances where a mild TBI can result in up to 30 minutes or less of conscious loss.

Symptoms and How Quickly They Occur

A mild TBI might have some of the above symptoms immediately, while others take a few days or weeks to manifest. That is why after any trauma to the head, it is imperative you seek medical attention.

Early diagnostic scans will detect mild TBIs before you have symptoms or before they can worsen.

Treatment is Critical with any Traumatic Brain Injury

Without treatment and giving your brain much-needed rest, your symptoms can worsen. You may also have internal bleeding and swelling, which might require medical intervention.

Seeking Compensation for a Mild TBI

Do not let the term “mild” confuse you with “minor.” A mild TBI is still life-threatening and can affect you for weeks, months, or years. You may have permanent migraines because of your head trauma, lessening your ability to work.

Regardless, if a negligent act causes your TBI, speak with an attorney at Udall Shumway, PLC to explore your options for compensation and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Common Symptoms of a Mild TBI, or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.