As many Maryland residents know, traumatic brain injuries can occur almost anywhere. Whether incurred as a result of a car accident or while playing sports, any serious head trauma could have lasting implications on an individual’s overall health due. However, as many individuals still are still in the dark about traumatic brain injury, many cases go undetected for a long time.
The initial symptoms can be varied in nature. A diminishing of cognitive function, loss of short term memory and aphasia — using the wrong word or not being able to remember words at all — are a few of the many symptoms present when a TBI has occurred. However, these symptoms are similar to those of a concussion. Thus, when an individual is told that the symptoms will work themselves out in a few weeks, many do not seek further treatment.
Unfortunately, no two traumatic brain injuries are the same. Many individuals have similar symptoms, but the length of time for recovery varies greatly from one case to another. For example, some with a mild TBI can take years to return to their previous levels of mental functioning, while those who suffered a severe TBI might fully recover in a year. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that any individual will ever completely recover from this type of injury.
When an individual believes that he or she has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Maryland, it is of the utmost importance that they seek immediate medical treatment. If another individual’s negligence caused or contributed to the injury, the victim may choose to pursue a personal injury claim to seek recovery of financial losses, such as medical bills and rehabilitation costs. Victims typically enlist the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to assist them with the process of submitting a personal injury claim and litigating it to a successful conclusion.
Source: huffingtonpost.com, “Missing my memory: life with a traumatic brain injury“, Amy Zellmer, Aug. 21, 2015