Car accidents often affect victims in ways they do not expect, especially if their injuries are not visible or painful in the moments after an accident occurs. A minor brain injury is one of the most common and most impactful delayed onset injuries that may occur, because victims may or may not realize that they suffered an injury until problems develop in their professional and personal lives.

Mild traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can occur any time a person receives a blow to the head. In a car accident, a victim may easily suffer a blow to the head that they do not remember happening, so it is vitally important for all car accident victims to seek a complete medical examination as soon as possible. Catching a mild TBI quickly can help victims avoid long-term symptoms and keep the injury from affecting many areas of their lives.

Mild TBIs can destroy a victim’s work life

A mild TBI is difficult to detect and diagnose, but the symptoms can be very disruptive. Often, a victim may suddenly find completing familiar tasks difficult or even impossible, because they simply cannot concentrate for any length of time. In addition, when TBI victims experience these difficulties, they often overreact emotionally, and may frighten or frustrate their coworkers, clients and employers. A victim’s employer is more likely to be flexible with the victim’s recovery if they understand the nature of the brain injury and can verify it with a medical diagnosis from a doctor.

These injuries also tend to scramble victims’ brains, severing some the connections between a victim’s vocabulary and their understanding of context. Practically speaking, this means that a victim may genuinely misinterpret many things that they read or hear because they do not make the proper contextual connections between the words used and their intended meaning. If a victim’s job depends on communicating with team members, this can quickly cause major problems.

Don’t wait to protect your rights during recovery

Recovering from a mild TBI may take weeks or months, even if a doctor identifies the injury quickly. If you or someone you love recently suffered a brain injury in a car accident, you may have a long road to recovery ahead of you, with many obstacles along the way.

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may need to build a personal injury claim to compensate you for your injuries, medical expenses, damaged property and monetary losses. Don’t wait to use the legal resources and guidance that you need to protect your rights in Colorado while you work towards a full recovery, for your own sake and for those who depend on you.

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