Car accidents, impact sports and even daily activities can all lead to brain injuries that victims may not realize they have. Often, victims may not remember feeling a blow to the head, and may only suspect they suffered an injury once they begin feeling the symptoms.
It does not take a hard blow to the head to cause a mild brain injury, although each person responds differently to head trauma. These injuries are especially common in car accidents, where a victim may be so disoriented during the experience and immediately after it that they do not recall hitting their head and may assume they survived without suffering any harm.
If you or someone you love recently experienced a car accident, make sure that you receive a full medical examination from a qualified medical care provider. Such an examination helps ensure that you identify hidden injuries and treat them before they get worse, avoiding needless pain and often reducing the amount of treatment you need to recover. Medical examinations also help build a strong personal injury claim to keep your rights in Massachusetts safe while you pursue fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Head injuries may impact a victim's personality
A minor brain injury may express itself in many different ways, but one of the most common symptoms involves shifts in a head trauma victim's personality. A brain that suffers mild damage works hard to work around the injury and repair it, which can easily alter how a victim responds to conflict or frustration.
In many cases, head trauma victims are more irritable than before their injury, and may find it difficult to focus on familiar tasks. When confronted with tasks or interactions that a victim recognizes should be easy or at least possible for them to complete, the difficulty of completing the task may cause them to react in surprising, often frightening ways.
If a victim understands that they have a physical injury affecting their responses to stimuli, they can communicate their position to the people around them, making it easier to continue their work and maintain their relationships while they recover.
Head injuries may change how victims interpret information
Another common symptom of a head injury is a change in the way a victim takes in information and interprets that information. For instance, a head trauma victim may read a company email and understand all of the individual words within it, but still misinterpret the overall meaning of those words. Often, this is because the injury to their brain severed some of the connections between their vocabulary knowledge of words and their cultural and contextual understanding of communication.
These symptoms can quickly destroy a victim's professional life as well as their personal life, straining relationships beyond what they can handle. If you or someone you love recently received a blow to the head and suffered a mild brain injury, then you must take steps to protect yourself and the relationships that you value.
Communicating clearly with the people around you is not always easy, especially when it comes to mild brain injuries, and it is often helpful to have a strong legal strategy for protecting your rights throughout recovery.