As an Ontario personal injury lawyer, I have represented individuals with varying degrees of traumatic brain injury. While the effects of a severe brain injury may be obvious and result in immediate medical intervention, those individuals that sustain mild traumatic brain injury sometimes pass under the radar without appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
Mild traumatic brain injuries can have profound consequences that are anything but mild. A mild traumatic brain injury, including a concussion, can result in physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes.
Some common problems for individuals following a mild traumatic brain injury include slowing of cognitive processes, confusion, memory problems, chronic headache, posttraumatic stress disorder and depression.
Often, the injured person may not even be able to fully appreciate and recognize these symptoms. It is often family members or close friends that recognize that their loved one is not the same person following a head injury. If you suspect that a loved one has sustained traumatic brain injury, it may be a good idea to accompany them to doctor's appointments. A family member may be in a better position to communicate the symptoms such as memory deficits, personality and mood changes, and confusion.
Fortunately, there is support and treatment available for mild traumatic brain injuries once a diagnosis is made.