Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Can Happen More Places Than You Think

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When you think of being at risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury in an on the job accident, you normally think of those who are involved in hazardous environments or those who have to wear a hard hat when they are working. What you may be surprised to find is that although accidents do happen which result in severe traumatic brain injury in these types of environments, mild traumatic brain injury can also happen in places you would not think of. What is mild traumatic brain injury, and have you sustained one as a result of your workplace injury? You may be surprised. 

What Is Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

When most people think of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), they think of a condition that will result in some form of paralysis, severe disability, or even death. It is estimated that TBI contributes to approximately 30% of all injury related deaths, and each and every day in the U.S. 153 people die from injuries in which TBI is a factor. In 2013, approximately 2.8 million people visited the emergency room, hospital, or died as a result of TBI. 

Although severe TBI can lead to paralysis, severe disabilities and death, mild TBI is often something you are eventually able to recover from. It may be diagnosed anytime you have an injury that results in you losing consciousness and/or are disorientated for 30 minutes or less. While all of your cognitive testing may come back normal, you may find that you experience:

  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Dizziness
  • Imbalance
  • Depression
  • Inability to sleep
  • Inability to pay attention 

In addition to these symptoms, you may also find that you have a sensitivity to light and sounds, experience a loss of your sense of smell, and suffer from nausea from time to time.

When you are seen following your accident, many doctors or hospitals will diagnose you with the following:

  • Concussion
  • Head trauma
  • Minor head injury
  • Minor brain injury or other related diagnoses

This injury and subsequent diagnosis is very often missed at the time of your injury, but may end up being one of the most debilitating injuries you incur. Although you may look normal, your family and friends may report that you are not acting like your normal self. Unfortunately for many people, mild TBI is not an injury that you quickly get over. It is not unusual to still suffer from symptoms of mild TBI more than a year later. In addition to affecting you, TBI can have long lasting effects on your family and friends.

What Causes Mild TBI?

There are many accident related factors that could cause a mild case of TBI. These include any type of falls, running into or being struck by or against an object, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, and even self harm. Anytime you sustain direct trauma to your head or extreme recoil or vibrations in which your brain strikes the inside of your skull, this can lead to mild TBI.

What Is The Treatment For TBI?

Unfortunately, because every case of TBI is very different there is no real way to answer this question without a medical professional examining you and creating a plan of care. But even mild cases may mean time out of work and disruptions in other areas of your life. 

If you suspect you have sustained a mild case of TBI as a result of an accident in which another person was negligent, you need to contact a personal injury attorney. Most personal injury lawyers are serve as car accident lawyers, construction accident lawyers, and even workplace injury attorneys. 

Even if you were not diagnosed with this condition at the time of your injury, they will be able to review your medical records and assist you in not only getting the medical treatment you need, but in being compensated for your case. For more information, check out sites like


24 July 2017