Anytime that there is injury to the brain, it’s serious. The brain is a delicate structure floating on fluid that has very little to protect it outside the bony structure of the skull. So when sudden, violent trauma resulting from the negligent or reckless conduct of another person causes brain injury in any way, it is a cause for concern necessitates immediate medical attention.
Medical jargon can be misleading, such as when someone’s brain injury is tagged as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). “Mild” is used when a victim loses consciousness for less than half an hour and retrograde amnesia resolves within 24 hours. However, there is no such thing as “just” or “a little” brain injury as the term “mild” might suggest in common usage. It merely places the severity at less than moderate or severe. The initial effect of MTBI may be less apparent than the effects of more severe cases of traumatic brain injury, but it does not mean that there are no consequences to MTBI later on.
Delayed onset for MTBI may be up to a few days to a few weeks following the event. Extensive tests would have to be performed to determine the extent of the damage. It is likely that negative changes in cognitive, psychomotor, and social behavior may be noticed. There may be incomplete cognitive processing and some difficulty in performing tasks that were routinely accomplished prior to the incident, leading to frustration, irritability, and loss of confidence. Any traumatic brain injury increases the risk of developing dementia. These effects may be temporary; some may be permanent. In either case, there is considerable loss associated with MTBI, and the liability of the person who was directly responsible for the injury needs to be addressed.
While there may be steps that can be taken to reduce the effects of a MTBI, victims and their families may feel the effects physically, emotionally, and financially for months or even years to come. When a situation like this arises, speaking to an injury lawyer will allow you and your family to learn more about the legal actions you can pursue.