Why are TBI Injuries Missed so Frequently?

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While traumatic brain injuries can be very severe, they are often misdiagnosed or missed altogether. According to The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a sudden movement of the head and brain can cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, resulting in broken blood vessels, injured brain cells, and other unwanted changes. The damage that occurs afterward is referred to as a TBI.

Why Are Brain Related Injuries Missed?

Symptoms of these injuries can range from mild to severe, depending on the amount of damage the brain sustains. Mild cases such as concussions may result in small changes in a victim's mental state or cause them to lose consciousness for a short period. Whereas for more severe cases, victims may experience loss of consciousness for extended periods (depriving the brain of oxygen), coma, and sometimes even death. Traumatic brain injuries can sometimes be hard to detect because they look different for everyone and symptoms may stay dormant for weeks before the victim starts to notice. These injuries are also often missed because it's likely that diagnostic imaging (such as CT-Scans or MRIs) will not always show the damage. This is why it's crucial that an injured person seeks medical attention as soon as they begin to experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Continuous vomiting or nausea
  • Behavioral changes
  • Confusion
  • Problems thinking or learning
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness in arms and legs

Contact a California Brain Injury Lawyer

You may be owed financial compensation if you or someone you know suffers from a traumatic brain injury. Contact a skilled attorney to review the details of your case and get a better understanding of your legal options. Here at James Wood Law, our team is composed of highly skilled attorneys with the knowledge required to financially relieve the injuries you have suffered.

Call (505) 906-6774 to speak with our award-winning attorneys and review the details of your case today with a free initial consultation.