Anyone can suffer a brain injury if hit on the head, come into contact with a stationary object, or have their brain hit against the skull, such as when whiplash occurs. Some of the most common reasons why individuals suffer brain injuries are due to automobile accidents, sports-related injuries or fights. The worst part is that many of these brain injuries go untreated or misdiagnosed, especially because it can be hard to pinpoint symptoms in the beginning. Leaving brain injuries untreated can cause further, more severe problems, including depression.
Even after the injury has occurred, it can be difficult to access the brain’s condition and know of future complications the patient may suffer. Generally, medical personnel will look for short-term effects on the overall health and well-being of the patient. However, medical complications may still occur even after the patient believes he or she is recovered, so it is critical to be aware of signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries.
Know that not all traumatic brain injuries are classified the same. There are three different types of brain injuries: mild, moderate and severe. These diagnoses are dependent on the severity of the injury as well as the symptoms the patient is experiencing, such as loss of consciousness or affected speech. In fact, it is often mild traumatic brain injuries that can be the hardest to treat, since these injuries have the least symptoms and may be misdiagnosed for something less severe.
If left untreated, there can be serious long-term health effects that range from physical difficulties, as well as emotional and mental issues. One of the first symptoms that people will suffer from is depression. Mood changes and irritability occur and the patient can become frustrated in him or herself, especially during the recovery process. All of these components lead to feelings of depression and sadness, which can continue to have a downward effect on the patient.
Besides depression, patients may suffer from such symptoms as feeling dizzy or lightheaded, being clumsy, forgetful, fatigued or have frequent headaches. More severe symptoms include a loss of vision or hearing, as well as stuttering or having a loss of speech. Patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may also notice mental difficulties, such as being easily distracted, having a hard time remembering things or struggling to read or write.
Indeed, no one purposely leaves a traumatic brain injury untreated. Unfortunately, it is hard to diagnose symptoms in the beginning and know what symptoms the patient may suffer. In addition, many of the symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries can be misdiagnosed for other symptoms.
The best thing to do if you experience a brain injury is to see a doctor on a regular basis and keep a log of any symptoms that occur. If someone is at fault for the misdiagnosis or the injury itself, contact our office to find out if you may be able to recover the cost of treatment and on-going care from the responsible party.