In The Case Of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

A mild traumatic brain injury can hold a number of consequences for a victim. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury will clear up within 3 months in the majority of cases, but for some people the symptoms continue on for months or even years after the original injury.

What is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

A mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) happens when the delicate brain tissue makes sudden contact with the sharp or rough portions of the inner skull. Like a bruise, the damaged tissue needs time to repair itself. In the meantime, a victim suffering from mTBI can experience headaches, memory loss, loss of concentration, depression, insomnia, and fatigue.

These injuries are commonly suffered after sharp sudden blows to the head, but this is not always the case. The injury itself is sustained by inertia, and the sudden jolt of a car accident will commonly cause mild traumatic brain injuries for the victims.

Medical Verification of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

Medical science does not have the technology to scan for mTBI’s as of yet. Both CT and MRI scans are designed to detect blood cells, but they do not have the resolution to detect mild damages in the brain’s gray matter. If a CT or MRI should show damage to the brain, it is no longer classified as a mild injury.

So far, the only way to verify mild traumatic brain injury is to carefully examine the symptoms and behaviours of a patient before and after an incident. Family or friends close to the patient are usually the first to pick up on the symptoms, and a thorough interview can give medical professionals a solid barometer of how the injury is affecting you.

How To Respond To A Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Even though it is classified as “mild”, a brain injury can have a long term devastating effect on day to day life. If you are suffering from any of the described symptoms, and feel that you might have suffered an injury without your knowledge, you can still get help. The BC limitations act grants the allowance of 15 years for discovery of symptoms. Once the original injury is pinpointed however, you will have only two years to act on the information at most. Speak to a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options. The effect could be life changing.

Thank you to Adam Basterfield, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Victoria, BC, for the use of his composition for our telephone system.
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