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The symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) can be subtle. In many cases, the symptoms do not appear immediately, but rather develop during the days, weeks or months that follow an accident. It is important to recognize the signs of an MTBI so you can get treatment as soon as possible and avoid potential complications that may arise if this serious medical condition goes untreated.

A Concussion Is A Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

One fact that is important to note is that a concussion is an MTBI. Some people throw around the term concussion like it is a minor issue, but it is a serious medical condition and needs to be treated appropriately and as soon as possible.

Recognize The Signs Of MTBI

Here are seven signs that you may have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury:

Loss of consciousness: Any loss of consciousness, even for a matter of seconds, could indicate that you suffered an MTBI. However, MTBI can be suffered even without a loss of consciousness. Dizziness or disorientation may occur rather than loss of consciousness.

Headaches: Persistent headaches may be a sign of MTBI. These headaches may not begin immediately. They may develop or worsen following the accident.

Nausea: Feeling nauseas and vomiting may be a sign of MTBI. Like headaches, the nausea may not begin immediately. It may develop or worsen over time.

Sleep problems: Fatigue, drowsiness and sleeping more than usual may be signs of MTBI. Difficulty sleeping may also be a sign of MTBI. Essentially, if any unusual sleep issues begin following an accident, they may be tied to a mild traumatic brain injury.

Sensory issues: MTBI can impact the senses, so things like blurred vision, ringing in the ears, and trouble smelling or tasting could be warning signs.

Mood changes: Unusual depression, irritability, anxiety and similar issues may be signs of mild traumatic brain injury.

Memory problems: MTBI can result in difficulty remembering things like names, phone numbers or other basic information. It can also lead to other cognitive difficulties, like trouble concentrating.

What To Do If You Think You Suffered An MTBI?

Play it safe. If you have been in an accident and you have any reason to believe that you suffered a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury, get medical attention. There are serious complications that can arise if an MTBI goes untreated.

If you suffered the MTBI in a car crash or in any other type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may also want to talk to an attorney about filing a personal injury claim. At Lloyd & DuPuy in Denton, we can help you pursue compensation to cover your medical treatment and other costs. We offer free consultations, so there is no risk in talking to us about your options.

On behalf of Andew Lloyd of Lloyd & DuPuy PLLC posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

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